Parents

Parents: Books and Resources

Parents, it’s normal to feel uncertain about how to give your children the right support through your divorce or separation. It may be uncharted territory, but you can successfully navigate this unsettling time—and help your kids emerge from it feeling loved, confident, and strong.

There are many ways you can help your kids adjust to separation or divorce. Your patience, reassurance, and listening ear can minimize tension as children learn to cope with new circumstances. By providing routines kids can rely on, you remind children they can count on you for stability, structure, and care. And if you can maintain a working relationship with your ex, you can help kids avoid the stress that comes with watching parents in conflict. Such a transitional time can’t be without some measure of hardship, but you can powerfully reduce your children’s pain by making their well-being your top priority.

Parents need a little help during a divorce and afterwards. Kids are just trying to figure out life and when something like a divorce happens it can be hard for them to process and adapt to all the change in there life.

Wading through all the chatter online to find the help you need can be tough. To help you get started,  We’ve posted some general recommendations for resources that may be helpful to you and your children. Some of these listings Tonya has personally reviewed, others have been recommended by colleagues and parents.

Please note that items have not been listed by preference nor do they suggest a direct endorsement of the material. Don’t see something on our list that should be? Please drop us a note, I’d love to hear from you!

Books

Parents

  • Mom’s House, Dad’s House by Isolina Ricci
  • Parenting After Divorce by Phillip Stahl
  • Speaking of Divorce, How to Talk to Your Kids and Help them Cope by Roberta Beyer

Childrens Books

  • Dinosaur’s Divorce by Laurene Krasny Brown
  • What in the World to Do When your Parents Divorce?
  • A survival guide for kids by Kent Winchester

Web Resources

Cozi  
A free online family organizer to manage family calendars, share family journal, track shoppping, to-do list, and more

Up to Parents
Free confidential and interactive website for divorcing and divorced parents focusing on how to protect your children

Bonusfamilies
Information for single parents after a divorce and those in a new relationship