For years, 11-year-old Kalá felt unwanted by her father and different from other kids.
Kala’s parents separated when she was just 2 years old and, except for the rare visit or phone call, Kalá’s father has all but dropped out of her life.
So when Kalá’s mother, RaQuisha, learned about Rollercoasters – a new, best-practice program that aims to help 9- to 12-year-olds brave the rollercoaster of emotions that accompany a parent’s divorce – she signed her daughter up.
“Having taken Helping Children Cope with Divorce myself, I knew Rollercoasters would be good for her, would be an eye-opener,” said RaQuisha. “Kalá learned how to express her feelings and not blame herself. It let her know that she’s not alone, that her life’s OK.”
So would RaQuisha recommend that other divorced or divorcing parents enroll their children in Rollercoasters? Absolutely.
“Really, it should be a requirement, just like Helping Children Cope with Divorce is for the parents, because these kids are the moms and dads of the future,” said RaQuisha.
Rollercoasters classes are set for 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. May 18, June 29, July 27 and August 31. Click here for enrollment information and more details.