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Talking to Children about Divorce: A Parent's Guide to Healthy Communication at Each Stage of Divorce 

by Jean McBride

Marriage and family therapist Jean McBride has helped over 20,000 families navigate divorce. Now she shares her expertise with an in-depth guide for parents to facilitate healthy communication during such a difficult process. 

 

Putting Children First: A Handbook for Separated Parents 

by Karen Woodall, Nick Woodall 
Children living in separated family situations fare best when their relationship with each of their parents continues to be close. 

It’s Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear, by Vicki Lansky and Jane Prince

As complex as divorce can be, many kids’ needs surrounding it are relatively simple, like reassurances that it’s not their fault, and that they’ll always be loved. This picture book, from the author of the acclaimed Divorce Book for Parents, lays out the evidence plainly and lovingly. It also serves as an excellent guide for parents, with related tips and advice on each page for how to help kids through the transition. Be sure to read this one both with your kids and on your own.

 

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Her Parents’ Divorce, by Nancy Holyoke
Know an 8- to 12-year-old girl who could use some help understanding her parents’ divorce? From the American Girl publishers, this 120-page guidebook answers just about every question she might have. There are quizzes, tips, advice from real-life kids, and even a “Girl’s Bill of Rights” to cut out and hang on the wall. It’s a complete, compassionate guide that can hold her hand through the whole transition.

 

Dinosaurs Divorce (A Guide for Changing Families), by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
Sometimes bad news is easier to take if cute, squiggly dinosaurs are going through the same thing. This handbook for preschoolers through first graders is pretty comprehensive, with a glossary and sections about why parents divorce and what life will be like now (including chapters on holidays, stepparents, and stepsiblings). Best of all, it speaks clearly and pulls no punches. At a time when that might be a hard thing for adults to do.

 

Two Homes, by Claire Masurel and Kady MacDonald Denton
This book can soothe the smallest children of divorce by focusing on an upside of the new arrangement: a whole new place to feel loved in. Alex has two homes—his dad’s suburban house and his mom’s city apartment—which means two beds, two toothbrushes, and two sets of friends. And no matter which one he’s at, he always knows he’s at home. It’s the perfect positive sentiment for little ones.

 

Divorce is the Worst, by Anastasia Higginbotham
As parents talk their children through a divorce, they often say that it’s “for the best.” But it’s hard for some kids to see it as anything other than the absolute worst. For kids having a tough time, this book reflects their emotions and helps to understand them better. Told through funky mixed-media collages, it’s funny and at times brutally honest, and it might be exactly what some kids need.

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