FARMINGTON – A workshop series, “Parenting Through Separation and Divorce,” will be offered this spring by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

The four-part series will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 22, 29, April 5 and 12, at the Franklin County Extension Office, 147 Farmington Falls Road. There is no cost to participate, but preregistration is required by March 14.

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

“Kids are typically hit the hardest when couples separate,” said Wendy Legg Pollock, 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 to 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.”

Those interested should call the Franklin County Extension Office at 778-4650 or 1-800-287-1478 by Monday, March 14, to register.


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