• Lesley Friedland and the FamilyKind Team

April 21, 2020



Recent family-related news included many tips for parents and co-parents on how to cope during this pandemic, a movie trailer made by a 10 year old about her parents’ divorce – unveiled 7 years later, rising divorce rates in China and a look at ‘Astronaut’ Families.


Seven Guidelines for Parents who are Divorced/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children during the Covid 19 Pandemic Authors: the leaders of groups that deal with families in crisis, March 2020 These experts provide excellent tips on how to cope with your coparent during this period of adversity.

Woman’s High-Drama ‘Movie Trailer’ About Her Parents’ Divorce Goes Viral Cady Lang, time.com, March 5, 2020 On Twitter, Valle Remond, who’s now 17 years old, shared the trailer that she made when she was 10. The minute-and-a-half clip teasing her fake film, “A Shattered Relationship,” features footage and images from multiple stages of her parents’ marriage and her family life. Paired with a dramatic score and glowing reviews from “National Bureau of Divorce” and the “Broken Family Film Festival,” the trailer teems with both humor and pathos.

The coronavirus may be driving up divorce rates in a Chinese city, officials say Gabby Landsverk , Business Insider, March 6, 2020 The Global Times reported that the Chinese city of Xi’an has seen a record-high number of divorce requests in recent weeks…Health officials say the increase could be explained by two factors: First, offices have been closed for a month, so are likely be hit by a wave of delayed requests now that they’ve re-opened… and second many people have been quarantined in close quarters, creating an especially inflammatory environment for marital feuding…

10 Steps to Co-Parent During the COVID-19 Crisis Elizabeth Cohen Ph.D, Psychology Today, March, 13, 2020 One of the biggest stressors of divorce is co-parenting. During this time of crisis and anxiety in our country, it is essential for parents to work together to help children know there is a united front looking out for them. Here are 10 tips to help.

Welcome to Marriage During the Coronavirus – Remember: Both of you are right. Jennifer Senior, Opinion Columnist, March 16, 2020 “The coronavirus may turn out to be the ultimate stress test for couples. There’s some literature we can rely on as a guide. In 2002, for instance, The Journal of Family Psychology published an extraordinary paper – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11915406 -that looked at couples in the aftermath of a 1989 storm, Hurricane Hugo, comparing those who’d lived in the afflicted counties in South Carolina to those who hadn’t. The results? More people in the devastated counties divorced the following year. But more people also married. And there was an increase in births…

Parents Need Stress Relief, Too Jennifer Grose, The New York Times, March 18, 2020 Ms. Grose asked two psychiatrists what parents can do to keep the coronavirus-anxiety at bay.

My Ex and I Fought About Everything. Then Came the Coronavirus Hanna Ingber, The New York Times, March 21, 2020 “…For me and my ex, even if we get through the pandemic, I know we will have disagreements sooner or later. We’re not suddenly going to be that divorced couple who spends holidays together. But I do hope we can use this moment as an opportunity to turn the page a bit on our approach to co-parenting. I need to start trusting that my boys’ father will make the best decision he can. We share two amazing children, who need both of us. A pandemic doesn’t change that; it makes it clearer…”

‘Astronaut’ Families Stressed by Straddling 2 Worlds: China and Canada Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times, March 21, 2020 ‘Astronaut families’ have made Vancouver a global hub for tens of thousands of people whose lives straddle Canada and China. They are known as “astronauts” because at least one parent — usually the father — spends so much time in the air, flying to and from mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan to financially support the family…”The fathers in Asia can become lonely and marriages are imperiled, wives face the stresses of managing a household alone, and the children can become spoiled when money and cars are substituted for the lack of parental presence,” said Prof. David Ley, an emeritus professor of geography at the University of British Columbia…”

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