Tips for co-parenting during drug rehabilitation

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Tips for co-parenting during drug rehabilitation

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The way that I supported my husband during his rehabilitation was I did set up boundaries that he could only visit the kids if there was someone else present; myself, my mom, or his mother. He always respected that. I'm always grateful that he respected that. Because he always respected that, I always needed to remember that I was warm, welcome and receptive, gracious, not taking things personally; allowing him that time with the kids. Be open to inviting him with us, despite our circumstances at that moment. It was really important for the children to open to that and as long as those boundaries were established and respected, I needed to make a compromise to be open to whenever the time was available. To be open to that.

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Maria Elena Cruz

Mom & Art Curator

Maria Elena Cruz is an active artist and curator, and the mother of two children, aged five and seven. She has taught art for 15 years, and believes that art can help children’s development and ease them through difficult times of transition – something she has experience with firsthand. During the day she teaches at Optimist High and in the evening she teaches watercolor, mixed media art, and figure drawing at UCLA. Maria also directs a project called, “The Pulse,” where she invites the community to paint to the rhythm of drums. Maria also recently began a nonprofit, Dial Art that serves communities in multiple ways through art. Her children are happily involved in most of her art programs. Her son, Clarence, age seven, has been learning to play the trumpet for two years and is involved with the science academy. Her daughter, Amara, age five, is involved with gymnastics and the science academy.

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