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About Two Healthy Homes
Two Healthy Homes is the life’s work of Dr. Erica Ellis, a licensed child psychologist and co-parenting expert. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Ellis has helped thousands of families navigate the divorce and co-parenting process in a way that protects the long-term well-being of the entire family.
CPI’s mission is to empower and support parents with all the tools, knowledge, and skills to avoid unnecessary emotional damage and create a healthy, thriving future for themselves and their children.
Frequently Asked Questions
Co-parenting is defined as two parents who no longer live together working collaboratively to raise their children. While it can take many forms, with many different parenting plans, the goal is to create a relationship where both parents are playing an active role in all aspects of their children’s lives. It works best when decisions are made based upon the best interest of the children.
It is absolutely possible, but not easy, to have a happy divorce. While painful and incredibly challenging, the divorce presents an opportunity to reconfigure your family in a way that has the potential for greater happiness for you, your children, and your ex. In order to achieve that goal, you must address the three primary relationships in your life to get you to that better place: with yourself, with your ex, and with your children.
The combination of emotional and behavioral instability results in the narcissist being a very challenging co-parenting partner. They lack the ability to do many of the things necessary to make co-parenting work, including respectful communication, compromising to resolve differences, putting the children’s needs first, and keeping emotions in check to avoid conflict. Parallel parenting is often the most effective means of raising children in this situation. In this type of parenting arrangement, the amount of interaction between the two high-conflict parents is minimized as much as possible. Each parent has their own areas of responsibility so they minimize the need for interaction and collaboration. Face to face communication is avoided.