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Now What Do I Do?: A Guide to Help Teenagers with Their Parents' Separation or Divorce Paperback – April 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087946304X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879463045
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This guide rings with authenticity and truth. It deals with all the feelings: blame, grief, anger and faith in God. --Antoinette Bosco

About the Author

LYNN CASSELLA-KAPUSINSKI is the founder of the Faith Journeys Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to children and teens whose parents have separated or divorced. Her own parents divorced when she was eleven. She is also the author of Making Your Way After Your Parents’ Divorce.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank on June 11, 2006
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Kapusinski, whose own parents separated when she was 11, is the founder of Faith Journeys Foundation, Inc., a support group for children and teens whose parents have separated or divorced. The Maryland-based foundation offers materials for retreats and peer support groups aimed at helping youngsters work through feelings and problems related to loss. Bringing God into the solution is an important aspect of the foundation, its work, and this second book Kapusinski has written on the subject. Topics, presented in workbook format, include burn-out, blaming, forgiveness, and self-esteem; suggestions for dealing with feelings of abandonment; and escaping "the war zone."

The first two or three pages of each chapter contain a short story, often with dialogue, illustrating a common issue for children of divorce followed by the author's brief reflection on her own experience. The workbook exercises contain between four and seven activities such as checklists, true-false quizzes, charts, and numerous opportunities to express feelings in words or drawings. Each chapter ends with ideas on "extra ways to help yourself."

This is an immensely useful book not only for youngsters whose parents are divorced or separated but also for parents and youth leaders. As Kapusinski explains, one of the most important goals is to help these children heal and grow and "draw on God's help to handle their grief."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Pereyra on March 27, 2014
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I chose this rating because we have loved this book: it is very simple and profound at the same time.
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This is an excellent book for anyone whose parents are separated or divorced. This is becoming the "norm", and the loss of a real family life is a tragedy. I bought this book for a teenager who is really struggling in her relationship with her father. I read it and found myself described in different parts of the book. I, too, was from a divorced family, although my mother remarried.
While we think we can understand circumstances others have been through that we haven't experienced, we really can't. This was the primary reason I went in search of a book that could help a teenager see that her feelings and reactions were a result of divorce.
Children innately know that they need their parents to survive. They adopt behaviors to help insure their survival. These aren't beneficial behaviors, but our young minds think we need them. Maybe most people grow out of those behaviors without knowing that someone else has experienced a similar situation. For me, it took books like this and group therapy to realize that survival was controlling me. I learned this in my thirties. I wish I had learned them as a teen.
While God doesn't seem to be very popular these days, the author does include God and a teen's relationship to God in the book. Do we blame God or do we turn to God? I applaud the author for including the Creator in this book. It isn't the focus of the book, but the topic is sufficiently addressed.
Thank you Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski for writing this book. I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate Luke on November 30, 2013
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Gave it to a grandson who has had trouble dealing with his parents divorce & has totally blamed his dad & won't reconcile to the situation. I don't think he read it.
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