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Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children Paperback – Large Print, May 28, 2015
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Midwest Book Review
Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is an outstanding book that is gentle, positive, and validating for both children and adults. With an excellent parent guide about the value of talking to children about their feelings, a highly sensitive and engaging story with exquisite illustrations, and an effective list of questions that children typically ask, this book is essential reading for divorcing families, and for therapists and advocates working with children of divorce.
Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Michigan
FAMILY CHANGES is a unique, positive, and creative resource for helping children understand and cope with this complicated transition. The note to adults effectively explains how children work through painful feelings. The touching story, with the endearing Zoey and her attempt to understand a very grown up topic, ends with extremely helpful questions that will be highly valued by parents, therapists, and others. I strongly recommend this book to parents and professionals.
Sacha Coupet, Ph.D., J.D. Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Family Law, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Family Changes is an inspiring and exceptional book on divorce. It explains divorce in a developmentally appropriate and comforting language that validates children's complex feelings about divorce. Dr. Maker's expertise and years of experience working with children who are coping with the grief and confusion that often accompany divorce shine through in every page. I highly recommend this book to divorcing parents, schools, libraries, and professionals working with children of divorce.
Martha Crowe, M.A. Child Development, Institute for Public Health, San Diego State University, CA
Dr. Maker has brought us this child-centric, educational book on navigating family changes in a divorce. Dr. Maker takes us through this experience from the child's perspective and shares the gift of positive transformation that can occur during this life-changing time. The illustrations are sublime, and the topic is handled so gently and ingeniously. It is written by a psychologist with the gift of creativity. It's a book every family experiencing divorce should have on their shelves.
Krista Royabal, M.D. Executive Medical Director, Psychiatrist, True Life Center for Wellbeing, La Jolla, CA
About the Author
Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and expert consultant on child development and parenting, who has been working with children and families for twenty years. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Vassar College, and received her doctoral training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, her post-doctoral fellowship training at the University of Michigan Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, and specialized training at the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.
Dr. Maker specializes in child development, parenting, and psychotherapy and has extensive experience working in hospitals, schools, clinical agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She has also taught and supervised graduate and undergraduate students in play therapy, family therapy, and parent guidance, and has published several research and theoretical articles in scientific, peer-reviewed professional psychology journals. She brings a wealth of experience working with divorcing families to her debut title, Family Changes, which is certain to educate, enlighten, and empower children and parents.
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This beautifully illustrated picture book is narrated through the eyes of Zoey Bunny, an adorable little furry character, whose emotions are on a rollercoaster ride at the very thought of her parents getting a divorce.
She sifts through questions like: Is it my fault? Why do I feel so sad angry and broken? Why are Mama and Daddy doing this? What will happen to me? and Is divorce forever?... just to name a few. Both her parents are there to answer these tough questions for their beloved daughter in terms that she can understand soothing her confused, worried mind and heart and easing that ever present sick feeling in her tummy.
The book is a wonderful resource for any adult who is involved with a child going through such a traumatic experience in her life. The author has included a very helpful guide for the grown-ups as the book is introduced, and 20 questions at the back of the book for both adult and child to discuss together.
This book is is highly recommended and would be a perfect resource for any therapist, parent, teacher, and all others working to aid children through this very difficult period in their lives.
Family Changes also enables parents to understand how their children are affected by adult issues such as divorce and separation. The book opens with an introduction from the author explaining to parents how to use the story with their children. Family Changes also features a list of important questions often asked by children who are experiencing the divorce of their parents.
Family Changes conveys to children that parents are sometimes happier apart and can in turn be better moms and dads to them without being married. Through the use of story, Family Changes takes a child-friendly approach toward talking about a tough topic.
Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in family relationships, working with children, parents, and families.
In a heartwarming story for children, Mama Bunny helps Zoey Bunny deal with questions regarding Daddy Bunny’s recent absence from their home and what it means to be separated. Lovsin’s colorful artwork reinforces the emotions and feeling of the dialog and storyline.
Two additional features enhance “Family Changes – Explaining Divorce to Children” as a resource. A note for Adults introduces ways to use the book effectively. “Process Questions for Adults to use with Children” provides 20 examples of unresolved questions the child may be experiencing.
An introductory page for parents and a list of sample questions at the back complete the package, making the book a good tool for families experiencing divorce, as well as an enjoyable, innocent read.
Disclosure I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
Rosalind Sedacca, CDC
Founder, Child-Centered Divorce Network