42 Rules for Divorcing with Children

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Happy About, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 143 pages
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"42 Rules for Divorcing With Children" offers practical ways to manage a healthy divorce, build a better team in two houses, minimize stress and anxiety on all fronts, and construct relationships with open and consistent communication.

In this book you will learn: What putting the children first really means. How to preserve marital assets for you and your children. How to set reasonable ground rules for the divorce and going forward. How to set a respectful communication example so that you can divorce with dignity. Use this book as objective advice, refer to it often, share it with others, use it as a reality check, and realize that divorce is not linear and that damage is not permanent or irreparable. If you do this well, the other parent will always be in your life. Find a way to make that tolerable for everyone, because no matter where you go or what you do, your children are tethered to both of you in an incredibly delicate and important way. Learn to accommodate each other as a gift to your children while they grow. Set good examples that will help them make their own relationship choices wisely by drawing on your positive experience. And for you, know that someday, somewhere, you will almost certainly find a partner with whom you can have a mutually respectful, loving, and responsible relationship.

This book will help divorcing parents in some simple ways that I wish I'd been helped as I stumbled my way through divorce with kids. I'm amazed at how well my Ex and I have been able to manage it and am constantly told by others that ours is an exemplary model for managing post-divorce life for our children and ourselves. Share others' success stories for simple, practical advice and insights. See how taking care of yourself will help you take care of your family. This book will help prevent divorce remorse and divided loyalties. This distillation of what I have learned from my own experience and from watching others either succeed wildly or fail spectacularly at divorcing with children is what I call Divorcing with Tenderness, Grace and Dignity. Or, failing that, with Sanity, Self-respect, and Solvency.

 

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Contents

Foreword by Heather Armstrong
1
Divorcing with Dignity and Grace
5
Making the DecisionYou and the OP Other Parent
8
Internal Communication between You the OP and the Children
24
External Communication between YouOPChildren and Everyone Else
40
Getting Down to Businessthe Process
58
Regaining and Preserving Sanity and Being a Good Parent to Boot
76
Moving Forward Taking Care of and Being True to Yourself and Your Children
84
Appendices
104
About the Author
122
42 Rules Program
124
Other Happy About Books
126
A Message From Super Star Press
128
Back Cover
129
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