Sweet Home Alabama star Josh Lucas and his ex-wife Jessica Ciencin Henriquez are co-parenting using what is called the bird-nesting technique.
In order to limit the disruption to their 5-year-old son Noah Rev's life after they decided to divorce, they adapted a co-parenting style called bird-nesting. Instead of Noah being shuttled back and forth between his parent's separate houses, he remains at the family’s home in New York City. His loving parents rotate who spends time with their only child at the home. It is the same way birds share and depart the nest, hence the name.
“It’s a concept that’s fairly new, particularly in the psychology of raising a child in divorce. And the idea is, it’s really not the child’s fault that you got divorced. It’s your fault and therefore it should not be the child’s problem to go back and forth between two different homes. It should actually be the parents’ problem,” the actor recently told People magazine regarding the reason behind why he and Henriquez chose this particular co-parenting method.
Lucas and his ex-wife were only married for two years. However, they have a lifetime commitment to be the best co-parents to their child. Even when their bird-nesting technique gets tough, they know it is what is best for Noah.
“He loves it. He doesn’t love us being separated but he loves that he has his bed and his toys and his dog. It’s his life,” Lucas remarked when asked how his son was doing with the new living arrangements.
It is very clear that Josh Lucas and Jessica Ciencin Henriquez only want what is best for their son. In fact they care so much about him, they would rather disrupt their own home lives than his. That is why the former couple is co-parenting by using the bird-nesting technique, where the parents rotate who stays in the house with the child. They have to shuttle between two different homes, not the child.
Ironically, this parenting style is the premise for the new ABC sitcom Splitting Up Together starring Oliver Hudson and Jenna Fischer. The show premieres on Tuesday, March 27th.