This project is funded by SGX
Divorce is a stressful and challenging life process, with women often bearing the debilitating effects of divorce more than men. Fei Yue designed a three-day, two-night camp for divorced mothers and their children to strengthen their family bonds and to equip them with knowledge and skills to cope with life after divorce. In this programme, mothers were taught skills related to budgeting, coping with stress, and parenting. Children, on the other hand, were taught to identify feelings resulting from the impact of divorce, and to express those feelings adaptively. They learnt to express their feelings in a fun manner that promoted bonding with their mothers and siblings.
A mixed method approach is used to examine if there were enhanced resilience and positive change in divorced mothers’ perceptions of their circumstances. 11 families took part in the surveys and interviews. The results showed that the programme has helped divorced mothers normalise their experiences and feelings through the interaction with other divorced mothers, and allowed them to understand themselves better. In sum, participants reported acquiring relevant coping skills and enhanced resilience when they were more aware of their strengths. Having a better understanding of their children’s feelings, needs, and wants have enabled participants to have better parenting skills.