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I am curious if anyone can recommend any good childrens books that deal with separation and/or divorce. My kids are 6, 5, 3 -my spouse has moved out (spouse had an affair), but we are splitting the kids 50:50 and the future is uncertain. I am just looking for some books to read with my kids and help them understand the situation, at their level. -Anon
Also, in case you haven't heard of it, please check out Kid's Turn, an organization based in SF with educational groups throughout the Bay Area. I wish everyone knew about this fabulous program. It's a 6 or 7 week class series where kids are grouped by age and parents each go to their own group. It's all about how to address kids' needs through divorce, and done very well. They used to offer a class for kids as young as 3; not sure if that's still true. Web: www.kidsturn.org Best to you
My husband and I are separating. We have two small kids. Could you please recommend books on how to tell kids about divorce and how you deal with a situation like that in the long term? Thanks. anon
Dinosaurs Divorce: A guide for changing families by Laurene Krasney Brown and Marc Brown
This award-winning book is designed for parents and young school-aged children to read together — at least the first few times. Stories are presented in a cartoon strip pattern and organized around topics that are recognized as important for children experiencing the divorce of their parents. Issues such as why parents divorce, living with one parent, having two homes, telling friends, parents' new partners, and celebrating special occasions are discussed. Solutions to problems that may come up are seen through the actions of the dinosaur children and their parents. A table of contents and a glossary are useful for children who may chose to re-read specific stories. The artwork is very appealing to children.
It's not your fault, KoKo Bear by Vicky Lansky
This book is designed for parents and children ages 3 to 5 years to read together. Each page provides a large picture to show what is happening in the story and includes messages for parents. The messages for parents help make a connection between the story and what happens to children in real families. KoKo Bear faces situations that help him learn what divorce means, and that he is not to blame for the divorce. He is helped to talk about his feelings, and is told that he is still loved by both parents. Daily events that children and parents may have to face differently due to divorce are presented and problems are solved through talking, sharing, and special activities.
My Mom and Dad are Getting a Divorce by Florence Bienenfeld
Ages 4-12. Tells ''How it is'' for two fictional characters, Amy and Dan, at the same time the book describes the feelings of millions of real children who experience divorce.
Children Ages 3-5
Children Ages 5-7
Good websites: www.kidsinthemiddle.org www.kidsturn.org Laurie
The other resource I highly recommend is KIDS TURN, a 6-week educational workshop for parents (each in his/her own group) and kids (in age groupings, ranging from toddlers to teens). For parents, helps them figure out how to put kids' needs first, and for kids, normalizes and gives opportunities for expression to peers, as well as parents (through a journal they publish together.) www.kidsturn.org or call (415)437-0700 They run groups all over the Bay Area and offer scholarships.
I also recommend for parents ''Mom's House, Dad's House'' a classic by I. Ricci, and a book associated with Kids Turn called ''Good Parenting Through Your Divorce'' by Hannibal
long message, but hopefully valuable for many. lisa k
Starting in late September, the U.C. Berkeley Psychology Clinic will be offering “New Beginnings” - a free ten-week program for mothers who have been divorced or separated within the past three years and who have at least one child between the ages of 3-18. A key aim of the New Beginnings Program is to facilitate children’s adjustment to divorce or separation. Interested mothers should contact the clinic at 510-642-2055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. New Beginnings Program
I wanted to give advice on some books regarding divorce for the parent seeking recommendations.
Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce by Cornelia Spelman
Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story For Little Kids About Divorce by Sandra Levins
Hope this helps :-) Sharifah
Can anyone recommend good books on divorce. I need some help talking to my 7 year old daughter about daddy's living somewhere else. also have an 18-month old. Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks. Jane
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