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Children in the Middle

The Children in the Middle class is more than just a basic co-parenting class and it’s not a
parenting education class. Our instructors are professionally dedicated to helping families
transition during changes and meet the needs of children growing up between two homes.

In Texas, a co-parenting education class is defined under:

Texas Family Code, § 105.009. PARENT EDUCATION AND FAMILY STABILIZATION COURSE
The course must include information on the following issues:

  1. the emotional effects of divorce on parents;
  2. the emotional and behavioral reactions to divorce by young children and adolescents;
  3. parenting issues relating to the concerns and needs of children at different development stages;
  4. stress indicators in young children and adolescents;
  5. conflict management;
  6. family stabilization through development of a co-parenting relationship;
  7. the financial responsibilities of parenting;
  8. family violence, spousal abuse, and child abuse and neglect; and
  9. the availability of community services and resources.

THE CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE CLASS DESCRIPTION

The Children in the Middle class focuses on how families can meet the needs of children
growing up between two homes. The class is well reviewed and suggested by participants.
For reviews, please visit the Children in the Middle reviews page. The Children in the
Middle Class consists of two parts 3.5 hours long that may be taken in either order,
though we encourage you to attend Part I first.

PART 1- THE ADULTS
Part I of the class focuses on adult issues related to co-parenting and keeping
children out of the conflict.

Topics covered include:

  • You
  • The Victim Mindset
  • Domestic Violence
  • Working with the Other Household
  • Extended Family/Significant Others
  • Suggestions for Co-parenting
  • Adult Grief
  • Conflict Disengagement
  • Alternative Dispute Options

PART 2- THE CHILDREN
Part II of the class focuses on child development and the needs of children growing
up in two homes.

Topics covered include:

  • Children’s Stages of Development
  • Creating the Dual Home Environment
  • Parenting Time
  • Child Support and Parental Access
  • Talking to the Children
  • Children’s Grief
  • Mistakes Made in Involving Children
  • Co-parenting Vocabulary
  • Benefits of Co-parenting
  • Alienating Behaviors

All participants receive a certificate at the end of each class. To earn a certificate, all
participants must stay the full duration of the class. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class
time for registration. Admission is not allowed after the class begins. Please note you
are securing your seat for this class when you make your payment similar to buying an
airline ticket. Fees are not refunded to participants who don’t show up or those who
show up late. 24 hour written e-mail notice prior to the start of the class is required
for cancellations or rescheduling of sessions.

The fee for each part of the class is $40.00 per person and must be paid online at least 24
weekday hours in advance.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CALENDAR AND TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE IN TEXAS.

Other Things to Know

  • Neither session is appropriate for children. No childcare is provided.
  • There is no waiting area for anyone not participating in the class.
  • Plan to arrive no later than 15 minutes before class.
  • Materials are available; however you are encouraged to take notes.
  • No video or audio recordings are allowed.
  • Cell phones are turned off for the duration of the class.
  • There will be a break half way through each meeting.
  • We do not require parents to attend the class together, but do suggest most parents do.
  • We reserve the right to cancel classes due to poor weather conditions or lack of registration.
  • A certificate is provided at the end of each part of the class, so to fully complete the course you will receive two certificates.