Divorced parents with religious or cultural differences

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Psychologist, shares advice for divorced parents on how to raise their children when the parents have religious or cultural differences
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Divorced parents with religious or cultural differences

When it comes to different religious and cultural views, this typically will have been discussed beforehand, or it also may have been a source of conflict before the marriage ended. What we need to realize is that studies show that 96% of adults actually believe in a God. Children are going to hear about religion no matter what. What's most important is that they hear it from you. And the way that they hear it is going to affect them the most. Depending on your level of conflict is going to depend on whether you continue what you initially agreed on or not. If there's a high level of conflict, unfortunately there's no enforceability with the other parent as to how they raise the child. What you can do to positively affect your child is to teach your them about diversity, to teach them that difference is okay and to understand that your child is half of you and half of the other parent. So they share these two religions. And acceptance of both is going to help them fare the best.
ALL PARENTS, Divorce, Co-Parenting

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Psychologist, shares advice for divorced parents on how to raise their children when the parents have religious or cultural differences


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Dr. Katherine Sellwood is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Encino, California, who specializes in child, adult and forensic family psychology. She began her Master's Degree training at Pepperdine University, continuing her education at C.S.P.P. to obtain a Doctoral Degree in the field of Clinical Psychology. Since entering the field in 1996, Dr. Sellwood has garnered a diverse professional background that includes working as an elementary and middle school counselor, college and regional center disabilities specialist, executive director of a non-profit organization in psychology, consulting psychologist at hospitals and in-patient medical facilities, and an academic Professor of Psychology at several graduate schools. Dr. Sellwood has been a guest lecturer presenting topics that include: anger management, early childhood development, play therapy techniques, taking a stand against teenage violence, developing resilience, treating children of divorce, loss and grief, adolescent girls and disordered body images, understanding behavioral difficulties.

Dr. Sellwood holds a license in clinical psychology through the state of California. She is on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her professional affiliations also include The American Psychological Association, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and The American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She has received professional honors and recognition through the Psy Chi National Honor Society of Psychology, the California Senate for excellence in school counseling, student nominated Who’s Who of America’s Teachers, and peer nominated Sierra Tucson’s Gratitude for Giving.

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