Many states offer or even require divorcing or separating parents to take a parenting class. Florida is one of those states, mandating a four hour class on co-parenting after separation.
Now, researchers at the University of Missouri’s Human Development and Family Studies program have developed an online program, called Focus on Kids Online, to comply with Missouri’s legal requirement. (Florida’s four hour class is also available online.)
Parents who have completed the Missouri program actually self-report better relationships and heightened awareness of problems – and solutions for those problems.
That is what may truly distinguish the University of Missouri program from its counterparts in Florida and other states.
Enthusiastic about the response, the University plans to offer the online program to other states in the future.
One suggestion in the program is that parents provide consistent routines and chores in each parent’s home. A great concept, but difficult to implement in practice.