Books

Parenting through Divorce

The Co-Parenting Survival Guide: Letting Go of Conflict After a Difficult Divorce

by Elizabeth Thayer Ph.D. & Jeffrey Zimmerman Ph.D.

The Co-Parenting Survival Guide shows you how to avoid the hot spots and the common traps of hostility, inflexibility, and constant squabbling, and develop skills to sustain a co-parenting partnership based on love and concern for your children, so they can best benefit from two parents living separately but working together.

Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?: A Guide to Parenting Through Divorce

by Anthony E. Wolf Ph.D

Divorce, argues Anthony E. Wolf, does not have to do long-term damage to a child. In his groundbreaking new book, he shows parents how to steer children through the pain and the complex feelings engendered by divorce, feelings that, if not resolved, can create continuing problems for a child. 

Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime

by Robert E. Emery Ph.D

A researcher, therapist, and mediator, Robert Emery, PhD, details a new approach to sharing custody with children in two homes. Huge numbers of children are affected by separation, divorce, cohabitation breakups, and childbearing outside of marriage. These children have two homes. But their parents have only one chance to protect their childhood. 

Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe’s and Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids

by Zoe Stern, Evan Stern

Zoe and Evan Stern know firsthand how it feels when your parents divorce. When their parents split they knew their lives would change but they didn’t know how. A few years later, when they were 15 and 13 years old, they decided to share their experience in this positive and practical guide for kids. With some help from their mom, Zoe and Evan write about topics like guilt, anger and fear.

Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce

by JoAnne Pedro-Carroll

The breakup of a family can have an enduring impact on children. But as Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll explains with clarity and compassion in this powerful book, parents can positively alter the immediate and long-term effects of divorce on their children.

The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young

by Karen Bonnell

The Co-Parents’ Handbook helps parents confidently take on the challenges of raising children in two homes. Addressing parents’ questions about the emotional impact of separation, conflict, grief and recovery, the authors skillfully provide a road map for all members of the family to safely navigate through separation/divorce and beyond.

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

by Daniel J. Siegel M.D.
The Co-Parents’ Handbook helps parents confidently take on the challenges of raising children in two homes. Addressing parents’ questions about the emotional impact of separation, conflict, grief and recovery, the authors skillfully provide a road map for all members of the family to safely navigate through separation/divorce and beyond.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

by Daniel J. J. Siegel M.D.

The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain.

Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids: Feeling at Home in One Home or Two

by Isolina Ricci Ph.D
Isolina Ricci’s Mom’s House, Dad’s House has been the gold standard for inspiring and supporting divorcing and remarrying parents for more than twenty-five years. With her new book, Dr. Isa adapts her time-tested advice on maneuvering the emotional, logistical, and legal realities of separation, divorce, and stepfamilies to speak directly to children

Tapping for Zapping Anxiety Away

by Renee Jain, Nikki Abramowitz
This book provides a pathway to do just that. In this story, you’ll meet Nelly Moon who gets extremely nervous before riding the bus to school. Just thinking about the bus makes Nelly jittery! Fortunately, she’s befriended by a sweet alien named Neutrino who takes her on an international adventure to learn something called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping. Nelly uses tapping to ease her anxiety and boost her confidence.

The Magic Box: When Parents Can’t Be There to Tuck You In

by Marty Sederman, Seymour Epstein
This upbeat and charmingly illustrated book contains a wealth of tips for families in which a parent is often away from home. Casey’s dad has to go away for a couple of days…AGAIN! Casey hates it when his father has to travel. But this time Dad leaves behind a special gift that will help Casey cope with the absence, and with future trips as well.

Why Can’t We Live Together?: The Kid-Sized Answer To A King-Sized Question About Divorce

by Madison Lovato, Lucas Lovato
The story features the children speaking to the reader about their confusion while providing an answer to this question that many families can relate too. The book works to comfort young readers with an easy, child-friendly explanation about why their living arrangements are changing. The book is uplifting and calming and engages kids at the end to address questions about living with their parents in two separate homes.

When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends

by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Young children become confused and hurt when their parents constantly argue, then decide to divorce. This sensitively written book assures boys and girls that children are in no way responsible for their parents’ inability to get along together. It lets kids know that although one parent chooses to move away from the home, both parents continue to love their little boy or girl.

Two Homes Paperback – Picture Book

by Claire Masurel
Parents looking for a book about separation or divorce will find few offerings as positive, matter-of-fact, or child-centred as this one. Simple, yet profoundly satisfying. The gently reassuring text focuses on what is gained rather than what is lost when parents divorce, while the sensitive illustrations, depicting two unique homes in all their small details

Was It the Chocolate Pudding?

by Sandra Levins
When a little boy’s parents divorce, he worries that it might be because he and his brother smeared chocolate cake on the walls. It highlights that divorce is not the fault of children and includes some of the key issues facing parents when answering children’s questions. There is also an afterword for parents about helping children to deal with emotions and reactions relating to separation and divorce.

Dinosaurs Divorce (Dino Tales: Life Guides for Families)

by Marc Brown, Laurie Krasny Brown

Dinosaurs Divorce helps readers understand what divorce means, why it happens, and how to best cope with everyone’s feelings. Topics covered in the book include: Divorce Words and What They Mean * Why Parents Divorce * After the Divorce * Living with One Parent * Visiting Your Parent * Having Two Homes * Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions * Telling Your Friends * Meeting Parents’ New Friends * Living with Stepparents * Having Stepsiblings

When I Feel Good about Myself (Way I Feel)

by Cornelia Maude Spelman
I feel good about myself. Somebody loves me just as I am. I don’t have to look like anyone else, be the same size, or do the same things. It’s fine to be me. This book offers children positive and upbeat examples about being themselves. The author portrays a very young guinea pig and friends feeling good about themselves through common situations readers will relate to. Together, the text and art will foster self-esteem and independence.

When I Miss You (The Way I Feel Books)

by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Young children often experience anxiety when they are separated from their mothers or fathers. A young guinea pig expresses her distress when her mother and father go away. “Missing you is a heavy, achy feeling. I don’t like missing you. I want you right now!” Eventually the little guinea pig realizes that sometimes she and her parents can’t be together.

When I Feel Sad (Way I Feel Books)

by Cornelia Maude Spelman

Sometimes I feel sad. I feel sad when someone won’t let me play, or when I really want to tell about something and nobody listens. When someone else is sad, I feel sad, too. Sad is a cloudy, tired feeling. Nothing seems fun when I feel sad.” Children will take comfort in this story. Readers will recognize similiar experiences in their own lives as this little guinea pig describes feeling sad when someone is cross or when something bad happens.

When I Care about Others (Way I Feel Books)

by Cornelia Maude Spelman
In today’s society, perhaps more than ever, young children need to develop empathy. In this simple book, the author begins by helping children see that when they are sick, hurt, or unhappy, others care about them. Children can then begin to see that others need to be cared about as well. Common situations will further a child’s appreciation for and understanding of what others feel and need.

When I Feel Angry (Way I Feel Books))

by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Anger is a scary emotion for young children, their parents, and caregivers. As this little bunny experiences the things that make her angry, she also learns ways to deal with her anger–ways that won’t hurt others.

When I Feel Scared (The Way I Feel Books)

by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Children often feel afraid. This book, with its comforting words and illustrations, will help children address those fears and learn some new ways to cope with being afraid. First, a little bear describes some of the things that frighten him, like bad dreams or big, tall slides, or when his mother goes away. Sometimes, he just feels scared and doesn’t know why! But he learns there are things he can do to make himself feel better. A “Note to Parents and Teachers” reinforces the positive messages in the book.

When I Feel Jealous (The Way I Feel Books)

by Cornelia Maude Spelman
A bear cub describes situations that make her jealous: when someone has something she wants, when someone is good at something she wants to be good at, and when someone else gets all the attention. “Jealousy is a prickly, hot, horrible feeling. I don’t like feeling jealous, but―everybody feels jealous sometimes.” The little bear finds ways to make herself feel better―she talks to someone about how she feels and then does something pleasant―and soon the jealous feeling goes away.

My Family’s Changing: A First Look at Family Break-Up (A First Look At Series)

by Pat Thomas
Are there children in your life who are experiencing the pain of their parents’ divorce? This book will help give advice and information in a gentle and sensitive way. It will help children face their fears, worries and questions when the family is going through a break-up.