Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Child Safety Zone Pledge for Our Children:




Ross Campbell, M.D.'s Bio:
Ross Campbell, M.D. has spent more than 30 years as a clinical psychiatrist, concentrating on the parent-child relationship. Formerly an associate clinical professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Dr. Campbell has counseled thousands of parents throughout his extensive career. Today he writes and lectures on parenting topics.


Child Safety Zone Pledge for Our Children (For Children / Son / Daughter)

Children have no defense
against their parents’ anger.
--Dr. Ross Campbell

The Philosophy of a Child Safety Zone:

There are about 10,000 minutes in a week, and on average most children of divorce see their parents together for about 4 of those minutes.  This leaves the parents about 9,996 minutes when they can talk about any topic, no matter how difficult or emotional.  Is it really selfish for the children to ask that the 4 minutes when they see their parents together be consistently peaceful?

Because these times together are so brief, all parents can give their children the gift of decent interaction during these times.

Our Pledge to Our Children:

We now agree that all times when our children see us together or hear us speaking belong to our children.  They make up their Child Safety Zone and are entirely for meeting their needs, including especially their need to see us act as responsible adults in a partnership for them.  They are not for conflict or dealing with any difficult issues.

Other children receive this gift from their parents, and our children are no less deserving.

From today forward, we each give our children the gift of this Child Safety Zone.  Regardless of what my co-parent does or how I think I’ve been treated, I will always speak and act as a courteous and responsible adult during:

All pick-ups and drop-offs.

All other times our children see us together.

All telephone conversations when our children know we’re speaking.

With this agreement each of us will have the benefit of knowing that our children will be safer and happier—and that we can approach all family encounters confident of a civil time.


Signature and date


Signature and date


Note:  For a personalized version, use the “Replace” function under your Edit tab.  Just replace “our children” with the names of the children you have together.
Child Safety Zone Pledge for Our Son

Children have no defense
against their parents’ anger.
--Dr. Ross Campbell

The Philosophy of a Child Safety Zone:

There are about 10,000 minutes in a week, and on average most children of divorce see their parents together for about 4 of those minutes.  This leaves the parents about 9,996 minutes when they can talk about any topic, no matter how difficult or emotional.  Is it really selfish for the children to ask that the 4 minutes when they see their parents together be consistently peaceful?

Because these times together are so brief, all parents can give their children the gift of decent interaction during these times.

Our Pledge to Our Son:

We now agree that all times when our son sees us together or hears us speaking belong to him.  They make up his Child Safety Zone and are entirely for meeting his needs, including especially his need to see us act as responsible adults in a partnership for him.  They are not for conflict or dealing with any difficult issues.

Other children receive this gift from their parents, and our son is no less deserving.

From today forward, we each give him the gift of this Child Safety Zone.  Regardless of what my co-parent does or how I think I've been treated, I will always speak and act as a courteous and responsible adult during:

All pick-ups and drop-offs.

All other times our son sees us together.

All telephone conversations when he knows we’re speaking.

With this agreement each of us will have the benefit of knowing that our son will be safer and happier—and also that we can approach all family encounters confident of a civil time.


Signature and date


Signature and date


Note:  For a personalized version, use the “Replace” function under your Edit tab.  Just replace “our son” with the name of the son you have together.

Child Safety Zone Pledge for Our Daughter

Children have no defense
against their parents’ anger.
--Dr. Ross Campbell

The Philosophy of a Child Safety Zone:

There are about 10,000 minutes in a week, and on average most children of divorce see their parents together for about 4 of those minutes.  This leaves the parents about 9,996 minutes when they can talk about any topic, no matter how difficult or emotional.  Is it really selfish for the children to ask that the 4 minutes when they see their parents together be consistently peaceful?

Because these times together are so brief, all parents can give their children the gift of decent interaction during these times.

Our Pledge to Our Daughter:

We now agree that all times when our daughter sees us together or hears us speaking belong to her.  They make up her Child Safety Zone and are entirely for meeting her needs, including especially her need to see us act as responsible adults in a partnership for her.  They are not for conflict or dealing with any difficult issues.

Other children receive this gift from their parents, and our daughter is no less deserving.

From today forward, we each give her the gift of this Child Safety Zone.  Regardless of what my co-parent does or how I think I’ve been treated, I will always speak and act as a courteous and responsible adult during:

All pick-ups and drop-offs.

All other times our daughter sees us together.

All telephone conversations when she knows we’re speaking.

With this agreement each of us will have the benefit of knowing that our daughter will be safer and happier—and also that we can approach all family encounters confident of a civil time.


Signature and date


Signature and date


Note:  For a personalized version, use the “Replace” function under your Edit tab.  Just replace “our daughter” with the name of the daughter you have together.




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