Are you having a hard time telling your little one (pre-school through second grade) about your divorce? Are you searching for the right words to explain why your spouse doesn’t live with you anymore?
Are you trying to make the changes in your child’s life easier to explain?
Often reading about an uncomfortable, emotionally laden topic is the easiest way to communicate – easiest for you and for your child.
Divorce Information NOW reached out to family therapists and librarians to find the books that they recommend for parents considering, going through or even having divorced. Here are their top five favorites:
- Mom & Dad Glue – Kes Gray – A child searches for glue to mend his parents’ marriage. The owner of the glue shop helps him learn that although his parents may be broken, they will always love him and that he must learn to love each of them even when they no longer live together.
- New Room for William – Sally Grindley – When William and his mother move, he is unhappy about having a new room, but he changes his mind after he gets dinosaur wallpaper and makes a new friend.
- Oliver at the Window – Elizabeth Shreeve – When Oliver’s parents move into separate houses, he spends a lot of time looking out of windows with his pet lion as he adjusts to a new preschool and to living in two places.
- Arthur and the 1,001 Dads – Marc Brown – Arthur and his friends try to find a substitute to attend the Father’s Day picnic with Buster, whose father is not around much since his parents’ divorce.
- Fred Stays With Me – Nancy Coffelt – A child describes how she lives sometimes with her mother and sometimes with her father, but her dog is her constant companion.
In short, there are many written helpers out there to assist divorcing / divorced parents in communicating with their children. It’s well worth the investment, both in your relationship with your child and in your child’s mental health.
Divorce Information NOW
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