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25 Things to Do When Grandpa Passes Away, Mom and Dad Get Divorced, or the Dog Dies

Activities to Help Children Suffering Loss or Change

Laurie Kanyer

Children experience all sorts of grief and loss - a death in the family, a divorce, an unexpected move, the loss of a pet. They need ways to acknowledge these losses and they need to be able to express their grief in physical ways. Some children need the activities we consider traditional: they conduct ceremonies or write letters to the people they have lost. Other children, overflowing with the anger that is a natural part of grief, need to pound, punch, run and jump. Still others want to express their grief through art. This book provides dozens of activities that help bereaved children. The author explains the value of each activity so that parents and caregivers can select appropriate projects based on the child's age, kind of loss and stage in the grieving process. She also discusses how learning about grief prepares children for new relationships and to accept losses later in life.

15x15cm  127 pages  $23.00  

Adult Children of Divorce

How to Overcome the Legacy of Your Parents' Breakup and Enjoy Love, Trust, and Intimacy

Jeffrey Zimmerman & Elizabeth Thayer

Parent's relationships greatly influence one's core beliefs about marriage as an institution. This guide teaches the adult children of divorced parents, how to identify their inherited distrust of relationships and develop, in their own lives, fulfilling and lasting partnerships of their own.
With this guide, readers learn that the effects of divorce are neither permanent nor defining. They find out how to evaluate the level of dysfunction that brought about their parents' divorce. By working through this book, readers will master healthy boundary-setting skills and communication techniques. By letting go of guilt, pain, and anger, they find out how to forgive their parents, and in doing so, discover new ways of enriching their own relationships.

15x24cm  190 pages  $30.00  

After Your Divorce

Creating the Good Life on Your Own (Rebuilding Books: Relationships-Divorce-And Beyond )

Cynthia MacGregor & Robert Alberti

It's over. The divorce is final, he's out of your house and mostly out of your life. Now what? Are you ready to get on with your life? Do you have dreams, plans, skills, energy for what comes next? And will you be making it happen, or letting it happen? MacGregor and Alberti have prepared a friendly, straightforward manual of advice and suggestions that assumes every woman is capable of handling life on her own. Helps for emotional recovery (MacGregor is a survivor, Alberti is a psychologist), practical matters (credit, home repairs), dealing with your ex (be assertive!), helping your children to cope (we didn't divorce you!), and much more.

22x16cm  238 pages  $30.00  

Beyond Divorce Casualties

Reunifying the Alienated Family

Douglas Darnall

This is a workbook for severely alienated children and their parents. Learn about unification therapy, how to prepare for reunification, how to work with attorneys and mediators, and even how to say goodbye if reunification is not possible. This book also provides real life examples of alienating behavior, with instructions and exercises for how to change feelings and behavior.

23x15cm  219 pages  $26.00  

Co-Parenting Survival Guide

Letting go of conflict after a difficult divorce

Thayer & Zimmerman

Learn to navigate hot spots of hostility and conflict around communication, visitation, extraxurricular activities, holidays, and new partners.

23x15cm  190 pages  $34.00  

CoParenting Toolkit

The Essential supplement for Mom's House, Dad's House

Isolina Ricci

This is a real toolkit, packed with fresh new strategies plus advanced versions of some time-tested solutions taken from its partner, Mom's House, Dad's House.
You will discover how to -
Keep co-parenting healthy for all
Enhance your strengths as coparents
Find success with emails, texts, meetings
Use 3 new essential CoParenting Guides
Heal hurt and hard feelings
Plus, what kids need you to know, keeping kids out of the middle, extras for Parenting Plans, schedules, problem-solving, parenting tips, and much more ...

25x20cm  180 pages  $38.00  

Dinosaurs Divorce

A guide for changing families

Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

All about divorce for pre-school to about 8 year olds. Divorce words and their meanings, why parents divorce and how it affects kids, after divorce, visiting parents, two homes, telling friends, etc.

22x23cm  32 pages  $15.95  

Divorce Helpbook for Kids

Cynthia MacGregor

Divorce is tough on kids. This down-to-earth guide genuinely helps. Included are discussions of many topics troubling kids when their parents divorce: reasons parents get divorced; ways the divorce will change kids' lives; kids' feelings about divorce; things kids can do to help them feel better (and reassurance that they are not to blame); who to talk to; and what's likely to happen next.
This isn't just a book about divorce, but about life after divorce; visitation, custody, straddling two households, and making it all work.

21x14cm  112 pages  $27.00  

Divorce Helpbook for Teens

Cynthia MacGregor

This warm and friendly guide offers a helping hand to teens struggling to answer the tough questions when their parents divorce: Why do parents get divorced? How will the divorce change our lives? What can I do to feel less depressed? Whom can I talk with about my problems? What's likely to happen next? How do you tell absent parents that they don't visit often enough? How do you say "no" to parents who want you to carry messages to, or spy on, the other parent? What is there to talk about when you visit a parent who's moved away?Packed with vignettes, strategies, and solid advice, The Divorce Helpbook for Teens is a resource teens will keep in their backpacks, on their bedside tables, and in their hearts as they go through the difficult times surrounding a family breakup.

21x15cm  134 pages  $29.00  

Divorce Workbook for Children

Help for Kids to Overcome Difficult Family Changes and Grow Up Happy

Lisa M Schwab

40 simple, fun activities to teach kids to stay out of the middle of parental problems, communicate their needs, and cope better with stress and change.

25x20cm  139 pages  $32.00  

Does Wednesday Mean Mom's House or Dad's?

Parenting Together While Living Apart (2ND ed.)

Marc Ackerman

Updated to include the latest research, laws, and terminology, this edition coaches parents on what to expect during divorce and how to act in their children's best interest. Guides parents on how to successfully and positively navigate every aspect of the divorce, custody, and co-parenting process.

22x15cm  272 pages  $37.00  

Getting Past Your Breakup

How to bounce back and create a new life

Susan J Elliott

A well thought out and surprisingly thorough book about dealing with a breakup. This book deals with how to survive after a breakup and how to thrive and find love again. With chapters on learning new boundaries and how to tell the kids, Elliot has covered topics that most books of this genre ignore outright. Chapter 2, The Rules of Disengagement, are a must-read for anyone who has ever suffered a bad breakup, particularly the list of items that keep folks stuck in their grief - most notably the concept of needing closure after a failed relationship.

21x15cm  237 pages  $30.00  

Healing Love's Wounds

A Pastoral Approach to Divorce & to Remarriage

Greg Forster

The author explores the history and biblical principles surrounding divorce and remarriage, suggesting that some traditional interpretations are influenced by culture. He offers to help couples grow and to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of marriage.

20x13cm  187 pages  $21.95  

How to be a Good Divorced Dad

Being the best parent you can be before, during, and after the break-up

Jeffrey Leving

A definitive how-to resource for divorced dads of any age, background, and marriage history, this book has targeted guidance and suggests techniques for staying connected with children and dealing with ex-wives - and in some cases a new girlfriend or the wife's new boyfriend - during the divorce and afterwards. This upbeat book offers good news for divorced dads and counters many of the myths that paint divorcing fathers as alienated, irresponsible, or absent. It includes advice for overcoming limited access to children with cooperative responses and legal remedies if necessary. It also reveals how to avoid depression and feelings of guilt that can cause a divorced dad to give up and lose connection with his kids. As well as ideas for responding to an ex-wife's remarriage, moving, unfounded accusations, and other common issues, the book offers guidance for engaging in new relationships and possibly remarriage

23x15cm  180 pages  $34.00  

I Don't Want to Talk about It

Jeannie Ransom

When a child's parents tell her they have decided to divorce, the last thing she wants to do is talk about it. With her parents' help, she learns that while some things will change, many other things, especially their love for her, will remain the same.

25x20cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Invisible String

Patrice Karst, illus Geoff Stevenson

Mums and Dads feel the tug whenever kids give it a pull. Kids feel the tug that comes back to them. This story is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation from parents, with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we arent ever really alone.

25x25cm  32 pages  $18.00  

Its Just Different Now

Linda Espie

This beautifully simply book will help many children, ages 3-7 comes to terms with their grief when parents separate and children long to have the family together again.
This book can also be used with children who have suffered a bereavement. The illustrations are beautiful, the words succinct, and it's an ideal book to start a conversation.

30x21cm  32 pages  $16.95  

Joint Custody with a Jerk

Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex, a Hands On, Practical Guide to Coping with Custody Issues That Arise with an (4TH ed.)

Julie Ross & Judy Corcoran

Parenting is difficult enough in a family where the two parents love and respect each other. In divorce, where the respect has diminished and the love has often turned into intense dislike, co-parenting cane drive on or both parents to the brink of insanity. "Joint Custody with a Jerk "offers many proven communication techniques that will help you deal with your difficult ex-husband or ex-wife by describing examples of common problems and teaching you to examine your role in these sticky situations. These strategies for effective mediation are easy to apply, down-to-earth, and innovative.

22x16cm  256 pages  $30.00  

Living with Mum and Living with Dad

My two homes

Melanie Walsh

My mum and dad don't live together any more so sometimes I live with my mum and sometimes with my dad.
B book about separation for very young children

28x26cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Love is Like a Cake

Big Hug Book

Shona Innes, Irisz Agocs

For children and parents who are managing life in a separated family - Love is a special and growing thing. It is a little bit like a tree – a special magical tree – that you can climb up into, nest comfortably in its big branches, and safely watch the world go by. Love can come in different shapes and sizes.
Like a tree, love can grow and grow….
This is another book in the BIG HUG series, an Australian series, written by a clinical and forensic psychologist.

24x24cm  32 pages  $14.95  

Mom's House, Dad's House for Kids

Feeling at Home in One Home or Two

Isolini Ricci

Supports the child and the parent so they can bounce back from disappointment, stress and major changes. There are frank answers, stories, tips, lists, ways to "train your brain", and maps for marking family progress. Children will be relieved to see their thoughts and experiences affirmed in words.
Dealing with parents living apart, schedules, and dueling house rules Managing stress, guilt, fear, and the special energy of adrenaline Avoiding the "miserable middle" when parents disagree or fight Considering words to try for talking with parents about difficult things Learning about several different ways to solve a problem or reach a goal Settling in with their family and stepfamily in one home or two believing in themselves, their uniqueness, their dreams and goals
This book does more than help kids cope, it is the wise, upbeat, and inspiring guide that children and parents will refer to again and again.

22x15cm  251 pages  $32.00  

Mom�s House, Dad�s House

Making two homes for your child.

Isolina Ricci

A complete guide for parents who are separated, divorced, or remarried, this book has become a classic over two decades.
This book looks at the needs of all concerned with creative options and commonsense advise in the legal, emotional, and practical realities of creating two happy and stable homes for your children.

13x21cm  381 pages  $32.00  

Mum and Dad Glue

Kes Gray, Lee Wildish, illus

A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better. This rhyming story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.

26x24cm  32 pages  $17.00  

My Family's Changing

A First Look at Family Break-Up

Pat Thomas

This unusual picture book for younger children explores the issue of divorce. The fears, worries, and questions that boys and girls face when their family goes through this difficult period of breaking up are explained in terms children will readily understand.

21x24cm  32 pages  $15.00  

Now What Do I Do?

A Guide to Help Teenagers with Their Parents' Separation or Divorce

Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski

In this book the author offers a workbook for teens to help them flush out their feelings and fears over their parents? divorce or separation. The author's own parents divorced when she was eleven, and she writes with a style that teens can easily relate to without feeling talked down to.

20x15cm  174 pages  $25.00  


When Your Relationship Ends 4th ed

Bruce Fisher, revised by Robert Alberti

If you are going through a painful breakup or divorce, you may feel like the life you once knew is crashing down around you. You need help to gather the pieces and rebuild yourself from the ground up. Rebuilding features divorce process rebuilding blocks, a proven-effective, nineteen-step process for putting one s life back together after divorce, devised by Fisher.
Now the most widely-used approach to divorce recovery, the rebuilding model makes the process healthier and less traumatic for those who are divorcing or divorced and their children. Over two decades of research and practice are combined with feedback from hundreds of thousands of men and women who have used the book on their own, or in one of thousands of Fisher divorce recovery seminars worldwide.
This book also includes Fisher s detailed Healing Separation model the first of its kind to offer couples a healing alternative to the usual slide from separation to divorce. This fourth edition, revised with the assistance of psychologist and marriage and family therapist Robert Alberti, continues Bruce s tradition of straight-to-the-heart response to the needs of his clients and readers. If you ve been struggling to rebuild your life after a divorce, this book offers just the right balance of shoulder-to-cry-on and kick-in-the-pants self-help!

23x15cm  328 pages  $38.00  

Shared Parenting

Raising your children cooperatively after separation

Jill Burrett and Miichael Green

Shows how shared parenting can work after separation and how both parents can maintain meaningful relationships with their children.
The authors provide sample parenting plans - both complex and simple - for various types of separated families. The practical tools they offer work in every party's best interests - especially the children's. With legislation in many jurisdictions now enshrining shared parental responsibility and parenting time, the authors show separated parents how to make this work. They cite supporting research which indicates how important it is for children to continue meaningful relationships after family breakdown. Myths and misconceptions are dealt with, together with practical advice on how parents can get past their hurt and anger and focus on approaches that will benefit their children. The authors also tackle the nuts and bolts of weekly routines and include useful suggestions on timetabling and communication between households. Once a good shared parenting arrangement is in place, the emotional benefits reveal themselves: mums becoming more comfortable with sharing the children; dads learning to truly be with the children; and children being happier in shared care arrangements, and so benefiting their parent. (Aust)

14x22cm  192 pages  $24.95  

Split in Two

Keeping It Together When Your Parents Live Apart

Karen Buscemi

Provides advice to children of divorced parents on living in two homes simultaneously, including how to organize during moves, managing different lifestyles, and coping with the emotional stress of separation.

21x14cm  120 pages  $24.00  

Standing on my own two feet

A child's affirmation of love in the midst of divorce

Tamara Schmitz

Addison's parents are going through a divorce, but he knows that no matter what happens, his parents will always love him. The inspiring, gentle, and uplifting text teaches kids that having two homes to live in can be just as great as having two strong feet to stand on.

23x24cm  40 pages  $18.00  

Stronger Day By Day

Reflections for healing & rebuilding after divorce

Susan Pease Gadoua

Written by a professional divorce mediator and coach, Stronger Day by Day offers daily reflections and insights readers can turn to as they navigate through this emotionally turbulent time. Chapters focus on common stages and feelings that people undergoing divorce experience, including grief, resistance to change, and confusion.

18x13cm  186 pages  $28.95  

Surviving Separation and Divorce

Second Edition

Loriann Hoff Oberlin

A woman's Guide to:
Regaining control, building strength and confidence and securing a financial future.

22x14cm  294 pages  $24.95  

Two Homes

Claire Masurel

This reassuring classic for younger children which addresses separation and divorce and helps kids embrace even the most difficult of changes is now in paperback. Full color.

23x25cm  32 pages  $16.95  


Turning Point in Intimate Relationships

Diane Vaughan

This book explains in lucid and engaging detail the turning points in intimate relationships showing that there are basic similar patterns. The authors extensive use of interviews of both straight and gay couples, married and live-ins, makes her book lively and interesting.

20x13cm  250 pages  $28.00  

Was It the Chocolate Pudding?

A Story for Little Kids about Divorce

Sandra Levins

This age-appropriate book helps children understand that divorce is about grown-up problems, while getting comforting answers to their most pressing questions.

20x25cm  40 pages  $17.95  

When Mom and Dad Separate

Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief from Divorce.

Marge Heegaard

With notes for adults, these books are written to help children understand the many feelings children have about divorce. The book is designed to be illustrated by children, who need just to draw line shapes and perhaps a few words to tell some things about the changes that are happening.

22x28cm  32 pages  $18.95  

When My Parents Forgot to be Friends

Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illus Marta Fabrega

Young children become confused and hurt when their parents constantly argue, then decide to divorce. This sensitively written book assures boys and girls that children are in no way responsible for their parents' inability to get along together. It lets kids know that although one parent chooses to move away from the home, both parents continue to love their little boy or girl. Both Mum and Dad will continue to spend happy times with them.
"I used to think it was my fault that my parents weren't friends any longer ... but now I understand that they can get along better if they each live in a different house.

24x24cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Where Is My Mommy?

Mary Kilgore, Mitchell Kilgore

A little boy who blames himself for his mother's disappearance receives reassurance from his toy soldier. Includes note to parents and caregivers on ways to help children who are experiencing abandonment.

21x13cm  32 pages  $18.00