Series of seminars to focus on parenting and divorce

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LISBON FALLS – “Parenting Through Separation and Divorce” is the topic of a workshop series being offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Androscoggin-Sagadahoc counties.

“Kids are typically hit the hardest when couples separate,” said Wendy Legg Pollock, UM Extension educator and leader of the workshop. “The people they probably love the most have decided that they can no longer live together. Regardless of age – toddlers to teens – children struggle with a lot of feelings such as guilt, fear, anger and sadness, and they typically feel caught in the middle between their parents.”

Pollock said, “This workshop series will help parents better understand the effects of separation or divorce on themselves and their children and to support their kids during this time of big changes in their lives. Little things that parents do – or don’t do – can make a big difference in how children adjust to the separation.”

The series will focus on: understanding the effects of separation/divorce; helping children – what they need and what they don’t need; moving from conflict to cooperation; and communicating effectively – getting through the anger, jealousy and revenge.

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The free four-part series will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, at the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc counties Extension office, 24 Main St. Preregistration is required. Call the Extension office at 1-800-287-1458 or 353-5550 to register by Aug. 28. Space is limited.

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