What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce?: A Survival Guide for Kids

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Free Spirit Publishing, Jun 15, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
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This companion to Speaking of Divorce is for kids ages 7–12. In a simple question-and-answer format, the book gently explains what divorce is, why parents decide to divorce, new living arrangements, how to handle feelings, and other basics to help children understand what's happening in their lives. With honesty and simplicity, the authors help children realize that divorce isn't their fault, strong emotions are okay, and families can survive difficult changes. Written to and for kids, this book is also recommended for parents, educators, counselors, and youth workers.
 

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This book helps children deal with juggling their lives between two homes. The book also helps explain that divorce has nothing to do with children and it is not their fault.

Contents

Introduction
1
What does it mean to get a divorce?
5
Why do some parents divorce?
6
Is it okay to talk about the divorce?
9
Is the divorce my fault?
11
What happens to our family now?
14
What do I do about my feelings?
21
If I need to talk about my feelings what can I do?
32
What if I miss my mom or dad?
67
What if I dont miss my mom or dad?
73
What if one of my parents doesnt see me anymore?
78
What if I feel stuck in the middle?
82
What about my grandparents?
87
What if my parents are keeping secrets from each other?
92
What if I feel like a messenger?
96
Will my parents ever get back together?
99

What if my parents are mad or upset?
39
Who will take care of me?
44
Where will I live?
50
What is it like to have two homes?
57
What about birthdays and holidays?
63
What if my dad or mom starts dating?
102
Whats a stepmom or stepdad?
107
A few final words
113
About the authors
114
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About the author (2001)

Kent Winchester, J.D., is a trial lawyer and divorced father of two children. He has practiced law in Albuquerque for more than 25 years. Roberta Beyer, J.D., is a family law attorney and mediator in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked with hundreds of families to help them divorce with dignity.

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