The New Beginnings Program for Divorcing and Separating Families (NBP) is a 10-session program designed to promote effective parenting following family separation or divorce. The program teaches skills that help parents create positive and warm relationships, use open communication with children, employ effective discipline, and keep children out of the middle of conflict between the parents. The program focuses on effective parenting because research has shown that the quality of parenting by both mothers and fathers is one of the most powerful resources for helping children adjust positively to parental divorce or separation.
About the Program
The New Beginnings Program (NBP) is a 10-session, group-based program that helps both mothers and fathers help their children adjust following divorce or separation. Parenting can be very difficult during this time. Many divorcing and separating parents wonder:
- How can we have more enjoyable time as a family?
- How do I talk to my children about their feelings?
- How should I discipline my children?
- How do I keep my children out of the middle of problems with my ex-partner?
The New Beginnings Program gives fathers and mothers tools to answer these questions and build stronger relationships with their children. Children and parents learn how to have more fun when they spend time together. Children learn that they can share their worries and concerns with their parents. Parents make rules clearer and misbehaviors decrease.
Research published in leading scientific journals has shown that children benefit in many ways when their parents go to the New Beginnings Program, and that these benefits last up to 15 years after participation. These benefits include:
- Better relationships with their parents.
- Reduced aggression.
- Reduced emotional problems.
- Higher self-esteem.
- Better grades.
- Less substance use and abuse.