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Best Books for Children of Divorce

This is a Guest Post courtesy of Charles R. Ullman & Associates of North Carolina.

Dealing with a divorce can be quite challenging, even in the best of circumstances. This is especially true for children, who often do not have the tools in place to deal with a divorce in a healthy and appropriate manner. Even though two parents may face difficulty when it comes to getting along with each other, they still likely want the best for their children. While there are a number of ways in which parents can help their children deal with divorce, reliance on various books may be especially helpful. Some of the best books for children of divorce include:

  • “Two Homes”, by Claire Masurel
  • “Dinosaurs Divorce,” by Marc and Laurie Brown
  • “Pushing Pause,” by Celeste Norfleet
  • “A Girl’s Guide,” by Nancy Holyoke and Scott Nash

 

Two Homes

While divorce can be difficult for children of any age, it is especially taxing for those who are quite young. “Two Homes” is specially designed for the youngest victims of divorce—such as those between the ages of two and five years. This book, which introduces the concept of going back and forth between two different homes can be effective not only for children whose parents have divorced, but also for those in the process of separation. In “Two Homes,” children learn that while their parents may be separated, both homes are filled with love.

 

Dinosaurs Divorce

Written by the same authors of the popular “Arthur” series, “Dinosaurs Divorce” is a popular choice for children ages four to eight. As one might guess, this book is filled with different images of dinosaurs, each of which asks different questions about what will happen following a divorce. Originally published in 1988, “Dinosaurs Divorce” remains a great choice for children living though divorce today. It may be especially effective for those who are fond of or have a curiosity towards dinosaurs.

 

Pushing Pause

As opposed to the two books listed above, “Pushing Pause” is a relatively modern choice for children of divorce. In this book, children are introduced to a young girl who must move in with her grandmother after her father states his wish for a divorce. Though she faces may challenges, the main character of this book demonstrates strength and spirit—essential traits for children in similar situation. Most experts agree that “Pushing Pause” is best for older boys and girls, such as those in the age range of nine to twelve years.

 

A Girl’s Guide

Divorce can be scary for children of either sex—though some research suggests that girls may face even more challenges when their parents divorce. “A Girl’s Guide,” by Nancy Holyoke and Scott Nash, may be a perfect choice for older girls in this situation. “A Girl’s Guide” focuses on letters written by real girls whose parents are divorcing to the ‘American Girl’ magazine. The book is considered to be relatively straight-forward when it comes to dealing with divorce, and may be best for mature girls who are ready to face the realities of the situation.

Divorce is a difficult time for children and adults alike. Having trusted legal counsel can allow you to focus on the personal elements of this major life change without being weighted down by the often complex laws surrounding divorce.

 

If you are located in North Carolina and are in need of a divorce lawyer, please visit the website of Charles R. Ullman & Associates at www.DivorceLawNC.com.

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