Forgetting items at ex's house

Alan Yellin, PhD Psychologist and Family Therapist, shares advice for divorced parents on how to best handle situations when your child leaves things at your ex's
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Forgetting items at ex's house

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Parents often expect children to be able to remember to carry things from one house to the next. We think that is unfair. We say that you are the ones who got divorced. Your children did not ask to get divorced. It is very common that children have a lot to remember and a lot of responsibility. Help your child to remember to take things from one house to the next. Go over with them what should be in their backpack. Ask to see it. If they forget something, do not be angry. Let the child call you and you bring it over to that house or bring it to school. It is not the child´s responsibility to remember to pack up everything in transitioning from one home to the next. It is your job to help them.
ALL PARENTS, Divorce, Co-Parenting

Alan Yellin, PhD Psychologist and Family Therapist, shares advice for divorced parents on how to best handle situations when your child leaves things at your ex's

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Alan Yellin, PhD

Psychologist

Dr. Alan Yellin is a licensed psychologist as well as licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has been in practice for over 30 years working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Yellin did his post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. In his practice, he sees children with learning problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fears and social skills issues. Additionally, he has a sub-specialty in working with children from divorced families as well as helping parents deal more effectively with their divorce. Dr. Yellin’s practice also includes working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive issues as well as issues around life passages. Dr. Yellin believes that therapy works best when the client and therapist have a collaborative relationship as they explore thoughts and feelings and work towards solutions, and uses a combination of scientific data along with humor to help people achieve change. He is in a long-term happy marriage and has two grown children.

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