Parent Resources

Below are some resources you will find helpful when helping your child navigate the emotional confusion of divorce. To learn more or to purchase from Amazon, click on the book image or title.

For Children 8 and Under

Two Homes by Claire Masurel with illustration by Katy MacDonald Denton

Parents looking for a book about separation or divorce will find few offerings as positive, matter-of-fact, or child-centered as this one. . . . Simple, yet profoundly satisfying.
Booklist Review from Amazon

Dinosaurs Divorce (A Guide for Changing Families) by Mark Brown and Laurie Kasny Brown

Chapters address such concerns as why parents divorce, what will happen to “me,” where will holidays be celebrated, living in two homes, etc. Expressively illustrated with accompanying succinct text, this upbeat, straightforward treatment of a potentially confusing, traumatic childhood experience is comprehensive.
School Library Journal
For Children 10 and Under

It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce by Vicki Lansky

this is a book with a purpose, and as such, plot and character take a backseat to message. Below each block of text are comments and suggestions for adults to deal with issues raised by that section of the story. The illustrations are similarly low-key and pleasant, adding to the overall sense of well being.
School Library Journal

When Mom and Dad Separate: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief from Divorce by Marge Heegaard

I was REALLY impressed at how easy it was for them to communicate in drawings and I was absolutely thrilled at the open dialogue that it created between them and their father about their feelings.
Parent Review
For Children Over 10

Good Answers to Tough Questions About Divorce Kindle Edition by Joy Berry
Joy Berry treats the subject with insight and sensitivity. She stresses that the divorce is not the fault of the child (which many children assume) and gives practical advice on how to handle the situation. Understanding the topics covered in this book will help any child deal with the divorce.
Amazon Review
For Parents

What About the Kids?: Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce by Judith Wallerstein
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved”]Wallerstein, author of The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce (2000), and Blakeslee, a science writer, draw on more than 30 years of research to provide advice and assistance to parents who are either facing divorce or coping with its aftermath. First they define the major challenges: getting the parent’s life under control, preparing children for the breakup, and creating new relationships with the ex-partner. They emphasize that divorce is not a single event but a process with many stages. The book is organized around the steps of a divorce and its aftermath: the immediate breakup of the family, when reactions are at their rawest and most emotional; the first few years, when the new family routine is being established; a period of assessment 5 or 10 years after the breakup; the reconstituted family after remarriage; and communicating with children in young adulthood to help them develop and sustain strong relationships. The authors offer advice that runs the gamut, from answering questions children ask about divorce to choosing the best custody arrangement. This is a very valuable resource for families at any stage of breakup.
Vanessa Bush
For Therapists

Child Centered Play Therapy by Rise VanFleet, Andrea E. Sywulak and Cynthia Caparosa Sniscak
Andrea E. Sywulak, PhD, RPT-S, is in private practice in Southampton, Pennsylvania, specializing in the treatment of families with young children. She has trained many professionals in child-centered play therapy and Filial Therapy and regularly supervises professionals in their use of these methods. She conducted some of the first research on Filial Therapy, has authored book chapters and manuals, and has presented at international conferences.