Wisdom for Separated Parents: Rearranging Around the Children to Keep Kinship Strong

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 164 pages

Anchored in the author's personal experience, Wisdom for Separated Parents: Rearranging Around the Children to Keep Kinship Strong traces the long arc of family change through the actual words of men and women who have struggled through separation and co-parenting. This book provides stories from separated parents that share what they've learned from co-parenting and discovering new kinds of families, revealing insights on the process of untangling, rearranging, and "reinventing" straight and gay families.

The extensive interviews in this book reach back as far as the 1950s and explain what it has meant to be separated for decades. These candid stories provide revelations on how to deal with the loss gracefully and minimize ill will, and recount the joys of having a bigger family and more kin connections. This book speaks to two different audiences: today's struggling parents, who will find valuable wisdom as they make crucial decisions about separation and divorce; and readers who have lived this history and will identify with the stories and gain insight and validation regarding their long-ago choices.

 

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Contents

The Secret Life of Separated Parents
1
2 A Story of Untangling with Young Children in the 70s
11
Normal Differences and Formal Separations
21
4 A Family Rearranges through the 80s and 90s
37
5 Rearranging
49
6 Grandchildren See Everyone as Kin
75
7 Stories of Six Families Recognizing Moments of Kinship
79
Lesbian and Gay Families Recognize Kinship
115
9 Becoming Partners Again?
135
10 Wisdom for Separated Parents
147
Notes
155
Bibliography
159
Index
161
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About the author (2011)

Judy Osborne, MA, a marriage and family therapist for more than thirty years, is founder and director of Stepfamily Associates (www.stepfamilyboston.com), Brookline, MA.

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