Emery’s research shows preferred parenting plans (schedules) for minor children based upon child’s developmental stage and parent’s level of conflict. Emery says” Good parenting isn’t a contest. Parents can take a different, more child-friendly approach to both legal negotiations and the child-rearing agreements they construct. Like many experts, I prefer to think about this challenging task as devising a parenting plan, a legal agreement that spells out a clear, specific schedule for children as well as guidelines for each parent’s co-parenting responsibilities and role in decision making.”