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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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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?Read more ›
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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This book has highlighted the importance of putting children first through the divorce process and has really helped me reallign my actions and views to encourage the development... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Justina
This is THE book I've been searching for for the last 3 years of my separation/divorce! I believe this is how every couple facing separation/divorce should act. Is it easy? Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Aimee L Merrill
A topic of interest to parents in our Women's Center. They can check it out for free here and return it.Published on August 19, 2013 by Cassandra Boyd
Book was suggested to me and I flipped through it for help with my clients. It is okay for working with children and parents of divorce and separation.Published on May 23, 2013 by MPG