The Shared Parenting Movement is supported by recent child development research.

PAS101“Fathers want to share the parenting time with mothers after separation, and research shows children want the same thing. Also, research overwhelmingly shows children greatly benefit when both parents play significant roles in their lives. With this in mind, I can’t think of a better gift for everyone on any Father’s Day than moving shared parenting reform efforts forward,” said National Parents Organization Founder and Board Chair Ned Holstein, MD, MS.

WE LOVE DADDYThe shared parenting movement is supported by recent child development research. The most recent of many examples appeared this spring in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. This 150,000-person study found that shared parenting after divorce or separation is in the best interest of children’s health. The study, “Fifty moves a year: is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children?” evaluated the mental health of children and concluded that children with shared parenting, spending substantial time with each parent, were significantly less stressed than children living mostly with one parent.


Not only do studies consistently show that shared parenting is best for children when parents divorce or separate, but also, federal statistics show the startling impact single parenting has on children. Consider that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Census Bureau, the 35 percent of children raised by single parents account for:

70743-fatherless2bepidemic2bgraph2b-2b2015 63 percent of teen suicides;
70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions;
71 percent of high school drop-outs;
75 percent of children in chemical abuse centers;
85 percent of those in prison;
85 percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders;
90 percent of homeless and runaway children.

“Too many children have suffered when both parents aren’t actively involved in their lives. Please support the best interest of children on each and every Father’s Day by joining me in supporting efforts to bring shared parenting and parental equality to family courtrooms nationwide,” Dr. Holstein said.

Whether the problem is emotional disturbances of children, drug use, alcohol use, teen pregnancy, poor performance in school, trouble with the law or running with gangs, being raised by a single parent is a powerful risk factor. For many of these outcomes, single parenting is a stronger risk factor than race or poverty.

Conversely, children on average do much better on all these measures if they have shared parenting. Children ardently desire shared parenting in most cases and are happier with it.

For parents, shared parenting significantly increases child support compliance, diminishes parental conflict and domestic violence and allows both parents to pursue their careers, social lives and other interests without the burden of single-handedly raising a child.

National Parents Organization, a charitable and educational 501 (c)(3) organization, seeks better lives for children through family law reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers after divorce or separation. The organization is focused on promoting shared parenting and preserving a child’s strong bond with both parents, which is critically important to their emotional, mental, and physical health. In 2014, National Parents Organization released the Shared Parenting Report Card, the first study to rank the states on child custody laws. Visit the National Parents Organization at

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4 thoughts on “The Shared Parenting Movement is supported by recent child development research.

  1. Reason for Protest:
    To bring awareness to the corruption and fraudulent acts of Family Courts and Child Protective Services. Our children, parents and families are being abused, destroyed and in some cases, murdered while the APA maintains its “no policy” policy, which we believe contributes to the problem which consist with the corruption within the system that is supposed to be in the best interest of our children and families. We ask for a conference:

    Sponsors: Truth Exposed, Central Ohio Parental Alienation, the National Alliance of Targeted Parents.

    In support of a petition:

    In support of the NATP Strategic Plan to Fight Child Psychological Abuse (see the NATP Facebook page)

    Peaceful, polite protests also to be held simultaneously at State APA Headquarters and at Psychological Organizations around the world:

    Sign/Poster Themes:
    – “Collusion with Delusion Must Stop”
    – “Mental Health Must Not Be Complicit in Child Abuse”
    – “Pathogenic Parenting is Child Abuse”

    1. A parent beat/drowned their children to death rather than let the other parent see them. The APA has neither acknowledged the obvious motive nor condemned the motive, by virtue of its “no position” policy:

    2. Another parent shot their children rather than let them see the other parent. The APA has neither acknowledged the obvious motive nor condemned the motive, by virtue of its “no position” policy:

    3. A parent manipulated a child to enter into a suicide pact, rather than let the child see their other parent. The APA has neither acknowledged the obvious motive nor condemned the suicide pact, by virtue of its “no position” policy:

    4. Since we first contacted the APA to request a revision of the APA policy on parental alienation, a child was diagnosed with cancer and died. The child was denied an opportunity for one of his parents to tell him how much he loved him. A hospital administrator misinterpreted the hospital’s policy. The APA is unable to condemn this tragedy by virtue of its “no position” policy. The parent is one of the protestors.

    5. A teen says she had been manipulated/controlled to say she hated her other parent. The APA has neither acknowledged nor condemned this manipulation, by virtue of its “no position” policy:

    6. The APA has not responded to the testimony of a teen, who says “And then the child therapists. What did they do? Nothing! What therapy can you give to children who are suffering because they’re not allowed to see their [other parent]? What complete rubbish. They should’ve enforced it, and I was taken to see three of them. They should’ve given therapy to my [parent], so [they would have] let us go, without terror:

    7. The APA has neither acknowledged nor condemned this incident in front of the Dallas Courthouse, by virtue of it’s “no position” policy:

    8. The APA has not acknowledge that this can and does occur in “intact” families:

    9. By virtue of its “no position” policy, the APA cannot admit that if a parent causes a child to have developmental problems (attachment suppression), psychotic symptoms (fixed false believes about a parent), and some personality disorder traits (splitting, grandiosity, lack of empathy, haughty arrogance, and entitlement), that it rises to the level of Child Psychological Abuse (V995.51), which is defined as significant psychological harm to a child, especially when that parent is displaying the same basic symptoms:

    10. The APA admits that “Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse” but has not discharged its self proclaimed charter, the “dissemination of psychological knowledge about child abuse and neglect to the public, the state associations, and the divisions”;

    11. The left hand of the APA has a “no position” policy, while the right hand of the APA publishes associated peer reviewed research in its journals and publishes the 2015 “APA Handbook on For

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