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Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids Paperback – August 3, 2010

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"This indispensable resource should be placed in the hands of every separated and divorced parent" Jack Canfield, Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Single Parent's Soul "Parenting Apart is the book every child wishes their divorced parents would read" Amy McCready, Parenting expert and founder of Positive Parenting Solutions --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christina McGhee is an internationally acclaimed divorce coach and parent educator, who has devoted her career to help families successfully manage the challenges of divorce. She works closely with Resolution, an organisation of 6,000 lawyers that handles 80% of all divorces in England and Wales and promotes child-focused solutions. In addition to maintaining a private practice, she hosts an online resource for parents, www.divorceandchildren.com and has appeared on the Channel 4 documentary How to Divorce Without Screwing up Your Children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425232123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425232125
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend Christina McGhee's "Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids," for any separated or divorced parents. This is not a book that you sit down and read from cover to cover. It is an excellent resource/how-to-guide for parents. Christina has divided the book into 5 main sections:

Part One -"How am I Going to Get Through This?" -
Here Christina addresses, stress, self care, balance, understanding the emotional divorce, changing how you think/relate/communicate with your former spouse, managing the legal system and how to avoid the many pitfalls.

Part Two -"How Children Are Affected by Divorce" -
Here Christina explains factors that affect how children manage and adjust to divorce. She provides separate sections for all age groups beginning with infants through 18 years of age. What I love about this section is that Christina addresses the developmental/behavioral stages of children for a specified age group, then gives you clues of what to look for in your children's behavior, provides useful tips on how you can help your child and then gives you ideas on parenting your children in each of the age groups and why the parenting tips are important.

Part Three - "A Guide to the Most Common Problems and Issues for Divorced or Separated Parents" -
Christina begins with how to tell your children that you are separating, why it is important, when is the best time, what to say and even breaks it down into specific age groups. This is so improtant - as children need this information provided to them at an age appropriate level. Christina even addresses what to do "If You Say the Wrong Thing." She has an entire chapter (15) on "What to Do When Children ask Why?
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If you're divorced or separated and you are trying to co-parent, do yourself a favor and immediately get this book! Parenting Apart is a valuable resource for any divorced or separated couple who is raising children. Considering the high percentage of divorced couples, this book fills an important need for parents and especially, children. The chapter, "How to Tell Your Children You Are Getting a Divorce" alone is worth the price of the book. Invaluable are the chapters that address the different emerging needs of children at different developmental levels (from newborns through to adolescence). Thank you to the author for writing this much-needed book.
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Christina McGhee's knowledge and practical advice is amazing. Instead of just trying to "get through" such a difficult life change, Christina helps families THRIVE, find the positive and make family adjustments less stressful. Tons of realistic and usable tips for all families members ranging from dealing with finances to breaking the news to kids; communicating with your ex-spouse to children living out of two homes; and taking care of yourself to strengthening family bonds. She covers it all! This is the perfect resource for anyone coping with Divorce.
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I read this as a mother and grandmother trying to help my son and grandchildren survive and thrive divorce. It was helpful to me and pointed out things to do and not to do and gave insights as to the effects on the children. Gave it to my son.
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Haven't read it all yet but it's full of valuable information. It's all about the children and helping them through this major change going on in their lives. Purchased for a family member but I am reading it first before passing it on. Book arrived promptly.
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Parenting Apart is a book filled with useful tips to help separated and divorced parents effectively raise happy and successful kids. It's a resource that should be required reading for newly separating couples because it effectively addresses so many important issues that they will face as they transition into the new phase of parenting.

I went through a divorce almost 10 years ago when my daughter was just three. If only I had such a reference guide as Parenting Apart, the adjustment would have been made much easier. Interestingly, the things that I learned by trial and error are the very things that Christina highlights in the book.

Chapters such as Managing the Legal System, What To Do When Children Ask Why and Supporting The Other Parent's Relationship With Your Child, are important tools to help people navigate through the unique emotions that divorce brings. Each chapter can function as a stand-alone topic so the book can be read all the way through or as one deals with the issues suggested by the chapter heading. This feature makes the book so much more of a resource because of the varied experiences that divorcing persons have.

I highly recommend Parenting Apart as a guide to help parents effectively love and raise their kids when there's no more love for each other as spouses. It makes the challenge of this new phase of parenting so much easier.
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