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Single Again Dads’ Retreat

October 4-6, 2019

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Being a single-again dad is challenging, regardless of how long you have been divorced, as you and your children adjust to a new normal of being a family.

Join us for a weekend away with your children (or attend by yourself) to reconnect with them, to enjoy some rest and relaxation and to delve into some key topics that will be helpful to you as you navigate the landscape of being a single parent. You will have the opportunity to spend time with other fathers, as well as plenty of time with your kiddos to play and have fun. 

This retreat is made possible by a generous grant from Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. 

 

Session One—Every Child Wishes Their Divorced Parents Knew

In this session, dads will get an exclusive preview of the powerful documentary, SPLIT, a film for children and their parents. It features the heartfelt stories of twelve kids whose parents have parted.  Insightful, touching, and sometimes even funny, SPLIT provides parents the unique opportunity to hear what children really think and feel about divorce but don’t often talk about.

Following the screening, we’ll explore the three most critical issues parents need to address to raise resilient, well-adjusted and happy kids.

Session Two—Validation: The One Jedi Mind Trick Every Divorced Dad Needs in His Back Pocket

When your kids are upset, quiet, sad or angry it can be hard to know what to do. If you’re like most parents, you might be tempted to fix it, make it better or change the subject. While your intentions are good, responding in those ways doesn’t really help your kids.  The big question is… “Then what do you do?” 

In this interactive session, you’ll learn about the value of validation. What it is, why it matters and how to engage your kids like a Jedi master. 

Session Three—Conquering Coparenting Challenges

Let’s face it, even under the best of circumstances, parenting is challenging. Add divorce to the mix and life can easily shift from calm to chaotic in a matter of seconds.   If you have ever struggled with a controlling co-parent, discipline differences, badmouthing or other difficult divorce situations, this is the session for you.  During this final workshop, we’ll share top tips for countering conflict and being a co-parent that puts kids at the center, not in the middle.  Before wrapping up, there will also be time for open discussion and Q & A.

Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or registrar@moranch.org.

Christina McGhee, MSW, is an internationally recognized divorce coach, speaker and author of the highly acclaimed book, “Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids.”

Throughout her career, she has focused on providing practical skills and strategies to help separating parents deal with the “real-life” challenges divorce brings to family life. As a zealous advocate for children, Christian keeps the focus where it belongs…on the kids. Along with her professional experience, she offers the unique perspective of a “next” wife, bonus mom and child of divorce.

Christina, dubbed as the “divorce coach” by the U.K. press, gained worldwide attention for her work with three British families in the Channel 4 documentary “How to Divorce Without Screwing Up Your Kids.” 

She has been featured on television, radio and in print around the United States and abroad. Some places you may have seen her are “Parents magazine”, “Today Parents”, “The Times”, “The Guardian”, BBC, Fox Family, LA Talk Radio, the “Dr. Laura Berman Radio Show”/Oprah Network and NYU Doctor Radio. 

In addition to coaching and speaking, Christina recently partnered with Flourish, an educational platform, to launch her first ever online program for divorced parents called “CoParenting with Purpose.” She also continues to spend time doing outreach around the children’s documentary “Split”  as a subject matter expert and creative team member.

Married for over twenty-years, Christina and her husband, Scott, live outside of Houston, Texas. Together, they have four children, who in the blink of an eye, have all transformed into some very cool adults who are finding their own way in the world. You can find out more at www.divorceandchildren.com.

Scott McGhee never realized that attending a four-hour class for separating and divorcing parents would change the course of his wife’s career. But that’s exactly what it did. Shortly after tying the not, Scott found himself back in court with his ex-wife. As a result, both were ordered to attend a mandatory parenting class required by the family court.

That afternoon, Scott came home with a business card from one of the instructors and gave it to Christina. His words were, “you should teach this class.” That’s where their journey into the world of divorce education began.

As a father of four (two children with his first wife and two children with Christina), Scott has real-world experience in navigating the challenges of parenting children between two households. In addition to the divorced dad wisdom he’s acquired over the years, Scott has learned volumes about what it takes to get it right for kids from acting as Christina’s sounding board and brainstorming companion for 20+ years.

Professionally, Scott is a trainer for an international company where he uses his broad range of technical experience to help organizations improve their line efficiencies. 

Cost and Housing

Hotel style lodging accommodations will be provided.

$150 per dad, children are free to attend. 

Registration/Cancellation

A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer and rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.

Transportation

Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

Click here for directions to Mo.

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