An interview with Rosalind Sedacca, CDC
What is International Child-Centered Divorce Month?
This January is the 13th Anniversary of Child-Centered Divorce Month. Its purpose is to support divorcing and divorced parents in coping with the effects of divorce on children. Equally important, it helps parents prevent emotional and psychological damage to children during and after a divorce.
In recognition of International Child-Centered Divorce Month 2020 divorce experts around the world will be providing free ebooks, video webinars, coaching services, e-courses and other gifts to divorcing and divorced or separated parents throughout January.
Why commemorate ICCD Month every January?
More divorces get initiated in January, following the holiday season, than in any other month. That’s why as a Divorce & Parenting Coach and founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network, I chose January to commemorate International Child-Centered Divorce Month every year. ICCD Month is dedicated to alerting parents about the harm to their children when divorce isn’t handled effectively. Repeated studies show that it isn’t divorce per se that damages children. It’s the mistakes that unaware parents make before, during and after divorce that does the harm.
Our purpose is education and mistake prevention. We want to encourage mediation instead of damaging litigation, respectful co-parenting, effective communication skills, and guide parents away from common mistakes that scar children, teens and adult children of divorce.
This is accomplished by providing guidance, resources and wisdom on what matters most to families dealing with divorce. And it’s all free!
Who are the Divorce and Relationship Experts participating?
Divorce attorneys, mediators, therapists, financial planners, coaches, educators and other professionals on four continents will be participating. Their goal is to promote peaceful divorce, cooperative co-parenting, and educating parents about how to prevent negative consequences for children affected by separation or divorce.
These family-focused divorce experts from around the world are joining us to bring a heightened awareness to parents about their responsibility to their children’s wellbeing before, during and after divorce. To achieve this goal, they are providing complimentary gifts and scheduling special events for divorcing and divorced parents.
What is being included this year?
Participating experts are providing valuable advice, tips and insights about divorce and healthy relationships using several digital formats. These include ebooks, video webinars, courses, coaching services and more – all free of charge! You’re invited to select as many gifts as you desire and click the link to download each one.
How does ICCD Month help children and teens?
We can never overemphasize how parental decisions about divorce can affect and scar children – for years – and often for a lifetime. Our resounding message to divorcing parents is: Regardless of your own emotional state, it is essential to put your children’s needs first when making decisions related to divorce or separation! Often that means letting go of anger and resentment in favor of co-operative co-parenting so your children aren’t robbed of their childhood.
My goal is to catch divorcing parents before they make mistakes they will regret regarding their children’s emotional wellbeing. By bringing the world’s legal, therapeutic and educational communities together we can reach out with messages designed to encourage peaceful divorce outcomes. Too many parents divorcing today don’t realize that they have many reasonable choices and viable options for parenting after divorce. They don’t have to walk the path we too often see in the headlines. Cooperative co-parenting and harmonious divorces are not only possible; they’re the direction to choose if you want to minimize the negative effects of divorce on everyone in the family.
How can you participate?
We have created a special website where parents can access all the valuable gifts by simply clicking links. The website will be available throughout January at http://www.divorcedparentsupport.com.
Just enter your email address on the sign-up page. Then click on the GIFT page to download as many complimentary gifts as you desire from divorce experts around the globe.
What else can parents expert from ICCD Month?
Parents not only appreciate the wonderful gifts they get from our divorce experts. They also learn about additional services and resources available to help them create a peaceful divorce, transition beyond divorce, co-parent effectively, explore dating and new relationships and successfully support their children in the months and years ahead.
What has touched you the most about ICCD Month?
I am so impressed with the dedication, thoughtfulness and compassion of the experts participating in ICCD Month each year. Their gifts contribute to meaningful month-long event that benefits both parents and children alike.
For more information about International Child-Centered Divorce Month plus access to all the free gifts and related events taking place in January please visit: http://www.divorcedparentsupport.com.
Would you tell us something about yourself?
I initiated my divorce when my son was eleven years old and was riddled with guilt, anxiety and apprehension about how it was going to affect him. After weeks of sleepless nights I came up with a way of breaking the divorce news to my son, which took the form of a personal family storybook with photos and text. After successfully co-parenting and raising him to adulthood, I decided to turn my concept into a customizable ebook with fill-in-the-blank templates. That ultimately became my internationally-acclaimed ebook, How Do I Tell the Kids About the Divorce: A Create a Storybook Guide To Preparing Your Children – With Love!
Following that I founded the Child-Centered Divorce Network, which provides expert advice, interviews, programs, coaching services and a host of valuable resources for parents coping with the effects of divorce on their family. I am also co-host of the Divorce, Dating & Empowered Living Radio Show and podcast.