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42 Rules for Divorcing with Children: Doing It with Dignity & Grace While Raising Happy, Healthy, Well-Adjusted Children Paperback – September 28, 2012
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"In her compulsively readable book, Mindy Roberts deconstructs the myth that couples with children can truly get divorced and provides practical tips for reconfiguring post-divorce families. Every divorcing couple, or any couple contemplating divorce, should read this book."
About the Author
Melinda Roberts is a pioneer in the blogging community, founding The Mommy Blog in 2002. Witty, sarcastic, and engaging, her writing has been described as a cross between Erma Bombeck, Nora Ephron, and Helen Fielding. Melinda has appeared on Oprah, CNN, ABC, Fox, CBS and other fancy media outlets. Her first book, Mommy Confidential: Adventures from the Wonderbelly of Motherhood was nominated for The Blooker Prize in 2006. Newly remarried, Melinda and her husband live with their six children in the Bay Area. You can find her online at: themommyblog.com.
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Now I can send them this book. It's an excellent guide to being a grownup and taking the high road during a very difficult time, to behaving well now so you can look yourself in the mirror later, to limiting the damage to your kids as much as possible.
Best book on divorce I've ever read. Highly recommended.
This book captivated me from the beginning starting with the foreword by Heather Armstrong and kept me reading to the very end. Heather shared her story of being a child of divorce from her perspective as an adult who is going through the very same thing with her children.
There is lots of great advice in this book but my absolute favorite was the quote from Melinda's daughter who was ten at the time. She said "When you tell your kids you're getting divorced, hand them cupcakes first." A wise person knows that cupcakes make everything better!
The driving message of this book is that you can have a good parenting relationship with your ex-partner so long as you put the children first. This book tells you what you need to know to make this happen and Melinda does it with honesty and humor. She includes several pages of resources for readers who need additional help.
In part IV Melinda says "Your children are watching and learning how to behave in a crisis: with integrity or deceit; grace or malice. Choose wisely and use your powers for good." This is great advice that I wish I'd been given when I was going through a similar situation. I can't help but think that this book would make an excellent present for someone you know who needs it.
The information in this book is also helpful for family members who are on the sidelines of those going through the process as well as those evaluating their current relationships.
What especially resonated with me was the repeating message to release resentment and move forward with empathy and hope. To me that acknowledges all the seething mess of bad feelings and encourages channeling it into refocusing on the life you want to live forward.
If you've been following Mindy on her blog, TheMommyBlog(dot)com, through the years, you know she speaks from experience; her wit and heart are familiar friends. If this is your first time reading Mindy's work, you're in for a treat. I highly recommend this book.