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What Children Need to Know When Parents Get Divorced
by William L. Coleman

5 out of 5 starsRead this to your kids
Reviewer: Ron Bailey from Seattle, WA

 This is a fantastic book to read to your kids. It's made up of short (1-2 page) chapters on topics that kids are concerned about when facing their parent's divorce. The great thing about it is the questions it asks. It would take 10 minutes to read a chapter and then we'd spend the following hour talking about not just the topic of the chapter, but the 1000 other questions the kids had that reading the chapter helped bring out. Think of it as a discussion primer.

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Difficult Questions Kids Ask and Are Too Afraid to Ask-About Divorce
by Meg F. Schneider, Joan Zuckerberg (Contributor)

5 out of 5 starsA Wonderful Guide for A loving Parent
Reviewer: MARY from California

   A wonderful Guide for any parent faced with their Children's questions, at any age, at the time of a divorce. When you barely know the answers to some of your own questions concerning the divorce, "Difficult Questions Kids Ask About Divorce" is a must have for you.

  It answer questions the cover a wide range of subject and ages. If you are going through a divorce or concerning one due yourself and your children a favor and get this book.

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What About the Kids?
Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce

by Judith S. Wallerstein, Sandra Blakeslee

5 out of 5 starsWell-written complete guidebook
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

 When it comes to the children (including adults) of divorce parents, Judith S. Wallerstein is considered the self-help guru based on the insightful THE UNEXPECTED LEGACY OF DIVORCE. Her newest effort to help families is a discerning collaboration with Sandra Blakeslee that provides a how to guide book to assist divorcing or divorced parents with helping their children survive the break up of the marriage.

  The authors insist that the former spouses must straighten themselves out rather quickly so that they can be there for the children (think airline oxygen mask instructions). Infants and toddlers need immediate assistance while adapting to changes in care and nurturing. Preadolescents require empathy and the knowledge the parents will be there as they struggle with the emotional bombs of change. Teens will manipulate the guilt of the parents better than Machiavelli so provide empathy and understanding, but also remember the parent has feelings too. Even adults have issues that their splitting parents must not ignore. Other topics provide insight into the before during, after, and second marriages with a thorough index to further assist the reader.

  This is a well-written complete guidebook encouraging the divorcees that with integrity they can handle the grenades their resentful, often angry children and perhaps their former partner toss at them.

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Mom's House, Dad's House:
Making Two Homes for Your Child
by Isolina Ricci

This "textbook" sits on my reference shelf.
Reviewer: A reader from San Francisco, CA

   The second edition is a welcome addition to my reference bookshelf, where the first edition has been sitting for two years, because I refer to it frequently. What it does is sort out the complexities of the whole process of disentangling and making a new life for yourself when you "break up", while maintaining a two-parent life for your children. It addresses the overwhelming decisions and crushing emotions that paralyze us, force us into hasty decisions and bad judgments, and send us running to someone else to make those decisions, or leave us depressed, immobile, or worse. Reading this book gave me a road map, a feeling that the author has seen thousands of people go through this process and can tell us what helps and what works.
  My experience is that this book works, I wish I had had it going INTO my marriage. There are no cure-alls here. Many of the suggestions take extensive time and thought, but the author persuaded me that if I didn't do it now, I'd still be dealing with the same issues in five or ten years.
  My stepchildren and lots of 30 and 40-year-olds are still dealing with their PARENTS' divorce. As soon as I started making lists for meetings, prioritizing my issues, ticking off the items in the parenting agreement that would and wouldn't be big issues in my particular situation, I felt better. Once in the process of working through my "family change" using the book, I understood that each small accomplishment builds you up for the next one and is basically creating your new life for you as you deal with the immediate issues of finances, custody, how to have a conversation with your ex, and how to recognize the parallel path your children are traveling with all of their specific problems (different from the parents'). This book gave me the confidence that if I just kept slogging through, eventually it would get me through the tying up of all those loose and messy ends that lie around for years. For those who want a decent divorce, to heal all family members as much as possible, and learn how to have better relationships, this book is the original guide. After reading twelve other books about divorce and family, I keep coming back to this one, the mother lode.

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