Columbus Author Teresa Harlow Publishes Second Co-Parenting Book

The former bank executive aims to help divorced couples move past the pain and cooperate to help their children.

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Teresa Harlow published her second book, “Combative to Collaborative: The Co-Parenting Code,” in September 2021.

Teresa Harlow left her job in corporate America because she felt like she was “missing something.” Now, the former JPMorgan Chase & Co. vice president has released her second book on co-parenting while working as a corporate speaker.

Harlow’s latest book, “Combative to Collaborative: The Co-Parenting Code,” aims to teach parents how to be co-parents after their marriage has ended.

“I wrote ‘Combative to Collaborative: The Co-Parenting Code’ to address those behaviors that, frankly, we never had to deal with. So I felt like I needed to go deeper,” says the Columbus resident, who has been a co-parent since 1999. “In a divorce, there’s a lot of hurt and a lot of pain involved. You can choose how you react to that.”

Released in September through her own Promethean Publishing venture, the book sold a few hundred copies in its first month on Amazon. While her target audience is divorced parents, Harlow says the book will benefit anyone who needs a bit of parenting advice. “It’s also a really great guide for those that are in a blended family, whether that’s a step-parent or a remarried parent,” she says. “I’ve had my challenges with it through the years–and have [come] through those challenges using the same approach.”

Her four-step formula attempts to transform the emotions surrounding parenting after divorce from hurt, loss and anger to consideration, kindness and cooperation.

Harlow self-published her first book on co-parenting, “Happily Divorced: A Journey Through Divorce & Co-Parenting by the Golden Rule,” in 2019.

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A shorter version of this story appears in “Parent Pulse” in the Winter 2021 issue of Columbus Parent.