Nurturing Behaviors…

Trust & Respect = Acknowledge children’s right to their own feelings, friends, activities & opinions.  Promote independence & allow privacy.  Respect feelings for other parent.  Believe your children.

Nurturing Behaviors

Promote Emotional Security = Talk and act so that children feel safe & comfortable expressing themselves.  Be gentle & dependable.

Provide Physical Security = Provide food, shelter, clothing.  Teach personal hygiene & nutrition.  Maintain a family routine.  Monitor safety & treat injuries.

Provide Discipline = Be consistent.  Set clear and age appropriate limits & expectations.  Use discipline to instruct, not punish.

Give Time = Participate in your children’s activities, school, sports, special events/days, celebrations, and with their friends.  Include your children in your activities.  Allow your children to see who you are and what you believe.

Encourage and Support = Be affirming and patient.  Encourage individual interests. Teach new skills & recognize improvement.   Allow disagreement and mistakes.

Give Affection = Provide verbal & physical affection.  Be affectionate when children are physically and emotionally hurt.

Care for Yourself = Make time for yourself.  Stay healthy, maintain friendships and accept love.  Ask for and accept assistance from family and friends.

Source:    Adapted from Domestic Abuse Intervention Project –Duluth


The safety of clients, ourselves, and colleagues is our top priority while we remain available to assist you as you navigate the new and uncharted territory caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Still Working — Offering All Services Virtually

While providing virtual ADR services was not part of our plan, we have made the necessary accommodations to ensure we can continue to serve our clients during these unsettling times. We are now working remotely and ensure the ongoing availability of mediation, PC, PTE and other ADR services.

Our office hours remain the same and we remain available by phone and email. The main office number is 952.252.1492.

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New Clients Welcome

We continue to offer free 1-hour divorce consultations via Zoom. Potential PC and PTE clients are invited to schedule a free 15-minute phone call. Please call 952.252.1492 to set up an appointment. We are here to help!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all adapt to these rapidly changing and chaotic times. Stay strong, remain resilient and stay healthy!


Amber Serwat & Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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