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Monday, October 29, 2007

In the News

In the space where the old Question of the Week was on the menu to the left, you will now see a new option called In the News. Happily, ESP.com has gotten some nice press over our first year, and we don't want these media events to get buried on an obscure entry in the Equality Blog. So, we've highlighted four notable mentions - articles in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Fitness Magazine and BusinessWeek - in this new section so far. Hopefully these are four of more opportunities to come as we continue to get the word out about this fantastic (and still very underreported) way of life!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marc and Amy,

Congratulations on your efforts, and the balance you bring to your family.

I would like to ask a question of you, that impacts many families, to understand if you have thought about it and what your opions would be on it.

Should a divorce come into your family, are you both committed to sharing the parenting of the children from that point on. Can you envision it working as it does today, and does it seem to be in the best interest of your children to continue your existing Equally Shared Parenting.

This is important, because the family law in the United States really will be working against you. I believe in equally shared parenting, for both intact and divorced families. It is rare that it happens when a family divorces, and groups are working to make it the norm in divorces.

Could you please address this in comments, or possibly in a future story of yours?

Kind Regards,
Joel Johnston

6:07 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

While ESP.com addresses equal sharing within an intact marriage, we know that this topic first comes up in many families when the issue is forced by divorce. To us, this is sad. We are dedicated to bringing the joys (and challenges) of equal sharing to happily married couples. This stuff should be important way, way before divorce is a possibility.

That said, we have a few things to say about ESP after divorce:
1. We will not tell anyone that ESP is the best model for all intact families, so we cannot say that equal sharing is (or is not) the best model for a divorced family either.
2. We personally believe ESP is the best model for our own family, and would likely be if (heaven forbid) we divorced. We would hope that we could make this arrangement work regardless of what the courts would allow if I pushed my personal agenda.
3. We believe that parenting should be about the kids, not the parents. Therefore, the best post-divorce solution should be what is best for the kids (which may be a changing thing over time). It takes courage for two divorcing and unhappy parents to make this decision, and we would love to see those who do make their stories known so others can be inspired to do the same.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome response. Thank you.

We are working on some stories from people who are practicing equal shared parenting successfully after divorce.

They are succeeding in spite of the wishes of our current laws and practices in the US.

Thanks for your upbeat and positive response.

Joel Johnston

7:31 PM  

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