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The Co-Parenting Handbook


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A practical manual for parents who are transitioning from being a married couple with children to being solely co-parents together. This guide helps them navigate difficult emotional terrain, create boundaries, and establish guidelines so that together they can be the parents their children deserve.

About the Author

Karen Bonnell, ARNP, MS, is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist with 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and parents. Her private practice is dedicated to working with couples across the spectrum from premarital preparation to co-parenting in two-home families to remarriage. As a divorce and co-parent coach, Karen has dedicated her work to thoughtfully resolving conflicts one person, one couple, and one family at a time. Karen has served on the board of King County Collaborative Law and was a founding member of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Academy of Professional Family Mediators.

Karen is a regular presenter on topics related to divorce and co-parent coaching, as well as advanced communication skills. Karen lives in the foothills of the Cascade range outside Seattle. She values the lessons learned in the "school of hard knocks" in her experience of creating a two-home family before divorce coaching existed. Her two adult children are her everyday inspiration for the beauty of love, forgiveness, and trust in the capacity of family in all its forms.

Contributor Kristin Little, MA, MS, LMHC, has over 17 years of experience guiding parents and children through the emotional landscape of separation and divorce. She serves on the board of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington.


"This book is thorough while also being concise and easy to understand. Kudos to the authors for taking such a big topic and making it accessible and applicable to real life."
--Divorce Proofing

"A brilliant book that has been needed for a long time . . . Bonnell stresses the importance of putting the child's needs first, putting one's own ego to the side, and co-parenting without being swallowed by the emotional chaos."
--Mother "When parents are separated or divorced, they face unique challenges while raising children. However, co-parents can still create healthy family dynamics even if the kids live in more than one home."
--New Day Northwest "Bring co-parents together." "The Co-Parenting Handbook by Karen Bonnell is a guide to raising well-adjusted kids affected by divorce or separation."
--Pagosa Daily Post "The Co-Parenting Handbook helps parents confidently tackle the tough road ahead together as a family."
--ParentMap "This book by Karen Bonnell is a practical manual for parents who may be raising children in two separate households ... in a kid-friendly way."
--425 Magazine

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