It's 5:30 on a Saturday night. You head to your 15-year-old daughter's room, knock on the door and ask her to come down to eat. As usual, you're met with silence. Several requests later, you pry open the door at which time she yells at you to go away. This scenario, or something similar, is one that plays out in American households on a regular basis. While all parents struggle at some point or another to connect with a child, for divorced parents these types of struggles can be particularly difficult.
While extremely rewarding, at times, parenting can also be difficult and frustrating. All children present unique challenges and all parents also have their own hurdles to overcome. For divorced parents, time spent apart from a growing child may further complicate and intensify many of the struggles that accompany parenthood.