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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Series: Let's Talk About It!
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764131729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764131721
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

[back cover]


Let’s Talk About It!


When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends




My parents used to be friends and I was happy. We did everything together.

Then things started changing.



My parents were always sad, and when they talked it was only to argue.



I used to think it was my fault that my parents weren’t friends any longer . . . but now I understand that they can get along better if they each live in a different house.



Whatever happens, my Mom and Dad will never stop being my parents . . .

and best of all . . .



they will always love me.



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When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends

Customer Reviews

Good book for helping kids process divorce.
Heather from Maine
It is a great book and out of many divorce books purchased it has been my daughter's favorite for 2 years.
Girl Scout mom
Sometimes I tear up when reading it and my son holds me close.
Zorro

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"When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends" is a Let's Talk about It! book about a young girl coming to terms with the divorce of her parents. Written by Jennifer Moore-Mallinois and simply but friendly illustrated by Marta Fabrega, this book was originally published in Spain as "Cuando Mis Padres se Olvidaron de Ser Amigos," but the subject matter is obviously universal and there is nothing specific to Spanish culture that gets in the way of the book's message.

The title of this book for younger readers in this particular situation does constitute something of an euphemism because when parents get divorced it is not just because they have stopped being friends, but rather than they had stopped loving each other and all that entails. However, I can fully appreciate that under such circumstances you would not want to focus on how people stop loving each other, since one of the fears Moore-Malllinos deals with here is that if mommy and daddy can stop loving each other, maybe they can stop loving their children as well. At the start of this book not only are the parents friends, they are a happy family, where every Saturday is a special family night and they always do things together. But then things start to change.

The key part of this book is that is shows how the young girl is on the outside of what is going on, which is why this book is important not only for young children in this situation but their parents. In this case the young girl does not know why her parents are arguing, why they are mad, why her mom is crying, and why her dad has moved out of the house.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zorro on January 25, 2007
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During a tumultuous divorce with my wife, I found this book at the library. My older 11yr. old girl really enjoyed reading the book with me. Her 11yr. old twin showed no interest in reading a "kids" book, but surprisingly, my 8yr. old boy is glued to the book. He asks me to read it about once or twice a week. Sometimes I tear up when reading it and my son holds me close. The book is basic, general, but speaks from the heart. I have been able to use the simple story line as an example of how the kids will continue to build a loving relationship with his mother, and how they will continue to build a loving relationship with me.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2008
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As with the "Daddy's Getting Married (Let's Talk About it Book)", the father is the one who leaves the house, while the mother is at home crying. The children become apprehensive of their "part-time" every other weekend father. I assumed because a male gave such rave reviews of this book that just maybe the book wouldn't place blame or show an every other weekend father. I was wrong. This book is like so many others out there. It is only good for those whose father no longer plays a significant role in the children's lives. Of course, if the mother leaves and/or a shared parenting plan is involved, this book is totally useless. There are actually some very good, insightful and helpful passages within the book but they are over shadowed by the theme of the part-time father. I wish I would have known this prior to wasting my money. Do not buy this book unless the father is to blame for the divorce and the children primarily live with the mother.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on April 21, 2014
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As a child therapist, I am often on the search for good books related to divorce. I found this to be one of the best, as it deals delicately with some serious topics such as parents fighting, moving to a new home, and other things that children may face.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Girl Scout mom on November 21, 2011
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I highly reccomended this book for anyone who is going thru an angry marriage and divorce. It gives kids a glimpse in the future, that his/her parents are angry at each other NOW, but in time things will be better. It is a great book and out of many divorce books purchased it has been my daughter's favorite for 2 years. She read it 2 years ago for hope that things would get better, and now she reads it happily knowing that things have gotten better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Single Mom on November 27, 2009
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I found this a very sweet book, with beautiful illustrations, appropriate for children age 4-8 dealing with divorce. However, it isn't so helpful for children who aren't in contact with one of their parents on a regular basis. I'm still looking for something like this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ksmith0599 on January 6, 2010
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I bought this for my 2 1/2 year old (almost 3) because she remembers when we all lived together, and doesn't really understand why daddy lives somewhere else now. The concept of divorce is too complicated for her at this age, but the idea of 2 people who forget how to be friends is something she CAN figure out. It's still a little over her head, but it's a useful beginning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin on November 18, 2013
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This book is directed towards families who are divorced. I bought it for work (I am a social worker) and was hoping it addressed violence/fighting/arguing. Also doesn't apply to any child who doesn't actively visit or see both parents.
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Jennifer was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, lived in Chicago and is currently residing in the Cleveland area, with her husband and three children. Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ryerson University.

Jennifer's work experience includes being a Child Welfare Social Worker, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant & Trainer, and a Guardian Ad Litem. Jennifer began her writing career in 2001 and is still writing today. Jennifer writes non-fiction children's books that focus on family situations, life skills, development disorders and everyday situations. Working as a social worker, Jennifer was able to work with many children and families, and therefore saw a need for literature to be made available to families on topics that matter to them most. Jennifer's books are published in several countries and languages and are available all around the world!!

Jennifer enjoys sports, reading and spending time with her family.

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