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"If you're in a family of divorce as a daughter or parent this book is for you. Gaspard and Clifford are a mother and daughter who have gone through it themselves. From self-esteem to the impact on your relationships, this book gives you practical doable action steps to help you learn how to change your story or narrative and see divorce through adult eyes. It can be very helpful for adult children of divorce, and for mothers and fathers who are looking for insights and ideas to help their daughters." - Jeff Zimmerman, ABPP Clinical Psychologist and co-author of Adult Children of Divorce and The Co-Parenting Survival Guide

"Daughters of Divorce is an original and timely treatment of a very important topic. Bravely told from the perspective of the authors, a divorced mother and her daughter, Daughters of Divorce provides empathy, guidance and wisdom for those who are struggling to understand the impact of divorce on their lives and choices. Highly recommended!" - Joshua Coleman, Ph.D. Psychologist and author of When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along

"Finally! A book about divorce that is specifically focused on women. This thoughtful, insightful and uplifting book acknowledges the unique impact of divorce on its daughters while offering concrete steps and practical solutions." - Elisabeth J. LaMotte LICSW, author of Overcoming Your Parents' Divorce

"Rarely have I read a book that is as honest, courageous and optimistic as Terry Gaspard's Daughters of Divorce. Ms. Gaspard has skillfully crafted a book that combines authenticity, warmth and clinical expertise - a rare combination in the self-help genre. This gem of a book is chock filled with intriguing personal reflection, vignettes, tasks and assignments. It is a virtual handbook for daughters seeking to stop this transgenerational pattern, dead in its tracks." - Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC, CSAT, author of The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us

"...the authors' solid and empathetic advice is applicable to anyone who has suffered childhood traumas affecting his or her ability to trust in the power of love." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

TERRY GASPARD, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, researcher and acclaimed divorce expert with over thirty years of experience working with women, children of divorce, and their families. Her research has been published in The Journal of Divorce and Remarriage and she is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Divorce, DivorcedMoms.com and other outlets. Her writing has appeared on eharmony.com, TheDailyParent.com, and others.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (January 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492620653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492620655
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daughters of Divorce by Terry Gaspard, Tracy Clifford is a recommended self-help book.

Written by a mother/daughter team who have both been daughters of divorced parents, Daughters of Divorce is focused on helping women who are from a family effected by divorce to overcome their background and establish healthy, long-lasting relationships as adults.

"This book is about how you, a daughter of divorce, can learn to overcome the legacy of divorce and move forward to enjoy rewarding relationships built on love, trust, and intimacy. Each chapter describes a central theme and skill that are essential to achieving this, and includes practical steps to go about it. At the end of each chapter, we include perspectives from both of us - mother and daughter - on our own experiences with divorce and lessons we've learned."

Even as a child, women are wired to have "a fairly precise, three-dimensional, sensory snapshot of experiences such as family disharmony or breakup." The authors want to reassure women that there are steps they can take to change the family legacy in their own lives. She is not broken just because her family is broken.

The authors present 7 steps to a Successful Relationship and show women how to proceed through those steps. The steps include:
Step 1: Examine your parents' divorce from an adult perspective.
Step 2: Attempt to forgive others and move on from the past by developing a forgiving mind-set.
Step 3: Examine your relationship with your father and attempt to repair any father-daughter wounds.
Step 4: Improve your self-esteem.
Step 5: Build trust in your relationships.
Step 6: Practice being vulnerable with your partner in small steps.
Step 7: Make the commitment.
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Personally, being a daughter of divorce and being divorced, this book truly resonated with me. Professionally, it’s a great resource for me to use with women I work with whose parents have divorced and because of this, continue struggle with relationships. Many of these women are going through a divorce as well. The book provides great information and knowledge to pass on to those I help. Its an invaluable resource. It has proven beneficial in many ways. I enjoyed reading the stories women were brave enough to share. Sharing always makes us feel like we are ‘in this together’ and not experiencing life and all its difficulties, alone. Key. Each chapter provides a deeper exploration of the topic at hand, real hands on suggestions, and ways to overcome and work through issues - helping people get to a better place. The book offers ways to create a healthier relationship not just with yourself (important!) but with your current partner or in a future relationship. Honest, open, insightful, invaluable.
Kristin M. Davin, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, Divorce Mediator, NYC
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Daughters of Divorce is an easy-to-follow resource for women navigating relationships after a trying childhood. The beginning features a personal introduction and overview of what's to come, and each chapter focuses on a step in the process of repairing old damages and enjoying positive romantic relationships. Throughout the book, the authors cite studies from known researchers including Judith Wallerstein, Constance Ahrons and Mavis Hetherington, to name a just few. This information is further illustrated as it's coupled with real-life examples from interviews with women from divorced families. The chapters conclude with a list of action steps as well as a personal note from both Terry Gaspard and Tracy Clifford. Although thoroughly researched and firmly presented, I didn't find the book to be at all cold or clinical. Daughters of Divorce is a warm yet thought-provoking guide to help women discover the kind of love they desire and deserve.

Tara Eisenhard
author of The D-Word: Divorce Through a Child's Eyes
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An important, well-written, and researched book on divorce for daughters who didn’t have frequent contact with their fathers following their parents’ separation. I often see women whose behavior and beliefs about themselves are significantly determined by feelings of abandonment and unworthiness caused by a rupture in their relationship with their fathers. As a result, they distrust love, themselves, and commitment. This book describes typical patterns and reactions to such a father-daughter wound and contains thought-provoking questions to to help readers review their past. It then outlines 7 healing steps, including forgiveness, rebuilding self-worth, and developing trust in oneself and men. "Daughters of Divorce" offers women insight, empathy, and steps they can take to move forward with more confidence and self-esteem. I only wished it had also addressed damage that many daughters suffer from living with their divorced mothers. Darlene Lancer, LMFT
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I'm so glad there is finally a book and resource geared specifically toward women of divorce. As a daughter of divorce, a divorced mom, and an avid co-parent, I believe it's so important to I'm power ourselves. All four of us (myself and my co-parents) are children of divorce, and I truly think it plays a huge part in the way we co-parent.

Terry and Tracy not only show us how to revisit your past and how to deal with it, but they show you how to move on to have real, lasting relationships. The book is full of interviews with actual women, which is helpful to see examples of other women in similar situations. I whole-heartedly recommend this book!
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