Just as divorce or separation is the furthest thing from a man’s mind on the day he says, “I do.”, being separated from his child is the farthest thing from his mind when he hears, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” Yet, close to 50% of marriages end in divorce, and roughly 80% of mothers receive primary custody. This can leave fathers feeling disconnected from their children.
Children need their father in their life. In fact, decades of research tells us that no single factor contributes more to the well-being of adult children of divorce than having a relationship with both parents while growing up. Fathers and children share a special bond with one another, one that is unique from that of mothers. Regardless of divorce, fathers want to protect, guide, and provide for their children. They have an endless amount love, a selfless kind of love that is unlike any of their other relationships. And, they express wanting lots of strategies for making the most of their time together.
I would like to let you know about a new online program I have developed, as part of my doctoral program in Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. I am currently looking for fathers to participate in a free, new online, multi-media program designed to help them adjust and parent after divorce or separation. I would greatly appreciate your help in sharing this program through your available networks, websites and newsletters.
Below are some ways you can share this program:
- Copy and paste the program information provided below into an email, newsletter, or other forms of communication
- Post the program information on your blog and social media accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn
- Tweet: New Online, multimedia program for fathers to adjust and parent after divorce/separation available at www.divorceddadinstitute.com
- Direct people to the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ApartNotBrokenLearnConnectCreate
- Send people directly to the homepage: www.divorceddadinstitute.com
- Share directly with fathers you know and encourage them to sign up!
Thanks in advance for your willingness to share this program!
Fathers who experience divorce or separation can feel like they are starting over. Many say it is not what they expected, and harder then they thought it would be. They feel alone and miss their kids.
Apart, Not Broken: Learn, Connect, & Create gives fathers a place to:
Learn: Learn from the real experiences of other fathers. Get current information and recommendations for dealing with divorce and parenting after separation.
Connect: Use concrete examples and creative strategies to connect with their child and manage their relationship with their child’s mother.
Create: Create the relationship they want to have with child. Build new traditions and lasting memories.
This program is equipped with:
- Videos reflecting the real life experiences of other divorced fathers;
- A discussion forum for you to connect and share with other fathers;
- Online tools for sharing photos, comparing calendars, journaling, using a whiteboard, and communicating via chat, video chat, and email;
- Current and concise information about divorce & parenting after divorce;
- Recommended activities for you and your child; and
- Additional resources such as book lists and helpful websites.
This innovative, multi-media program is:
- Free of charge;
- Released over a 12-week period, with a minimum time commitment of 30-45 minutes/week;
- Available 24/7 at any location with an Internet connection;
- Flexible, allowing you to spend as much time as you would like on various aspects of the program.
- This program is for fathers who have a child between the ages of 8-16, and have been divorced or separated within the last two years.
Shelly D. Mahon, Program Director
Ph.D Candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison