Impact Based Parent Education

Why Parent Education Is Important

FamilyMinnesota courts legislatively require that parents involved in litigation over children, be it divorce, parenting time, custody or paternity, attend a Minnesota Supreme Court approved parent education program, regardless if parents are proceeding by default and stipulated agreement. The court may not sign your stipulation until this program is completed. There is a time line of 10 days to register and 45 days to complete a court approved parent education course. The online program uses video, audio modules with Power Point, and printable course material.

Impact Parent Education (IPE) for Separating and Divorcing Parents meets all requirements for court ordered online parent education under Minnesota Statute 518.157.

Impact Parent Education (IPE): a Resource for Parents

Courts are designed to end litigation under the parameters of the law. Courts and attorneys are not designed to work with parents to overcome the changes and transitions in the day-to-day and year-by-year transitions co-parenting creates. The most important resource parents have is information -- learning ways to overcome and work with challenges.

Looking for the Win-Win

The courtroom and attorney conference room creates an adversarial attitude. The court process is an adversarial system; one parent wins and the other parent feels like they have lost. This win or lose attitude is destructive.

If parents can find the win-win attitude -- find the best solutions based on the needs of the family as a whole; find the best parenting schedule that builds the most quality time and maintains parental relationships; learn ways to create flexibility so the needs of both parents and children can be met -- those are win-win attitudes and solutions.

Impact Parent Education will help you discover the “win-win” attitudes that are so important to finding peace of hearts and homes. Children can be frightened by parental outbursts. Older children become angry with parents if they continue to be exposed to parental conflicts. Children need the love and support of both parents – but it’s not always easy for parents to work together if they do not receive support from sources like mediation or parent education.

Court recognized that parents needed more than a litigation process if there was to be lasting improvements in the home environments of children. That starts with education.

Read What Parents Are Saying

"I really liked that this course got me thinking about how my personal feelings really do affect my children and their perspective of their father. I now know that I need to present myself in a pleasant manner and let the children know that we are all still a family and that both myself and their father are still going to parent together and make decisions together regarding their well-being."

"My ex and I have been talking over things these past two days and actually planning things out with the children. Mapping out our calendar to accommodate his Military Guard Duty weekends so the kids still spend as much time as possible with each of us."

"The first thing I need to work on is forgiving myself. I recognize my role in the breakdown of our marriage as well as his, as we began growing apart several years ago. But I never thought that forgiving myself was necessary, but I see now that it is a vital step in moving on and forgiving him as well."

"To make things easier, I need to stay focused on the kids and our future, and stop getting so caught up in the process we're going through. I appreciate that my co-parent is a very loving and caring mother, who generally always puts the needs of our kids first."

"This course was an extremely informative class. I'm so happy that it is court ordered as I'm sure it is helpful to many parents going through a breakup."

"I liked that the course was very relevant and it kept the information flowing without getting monotonous or boring or overwhelming. Lots of common sense! The handbook is chock full of great information. I definitely recommend this others, including my co-parent."

"Take the first step to learning how to manage some of the challenges of co-parenting.”
Register for the IPE Course below."

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Hibbing, MN 55746
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