Great books to help your child cope with divorce
Children all react to news of a divorce differently. Helping them to understand their feelings and process the emotions they experience can be tricky. It is often hard enough for the adults to deal with, for children it can seem like their world is falling apart. There are a few great resources that do a good job of introducing the topic of divorce and help your child to better understand what it all means at an age appropriate level. There are a lot options that exist, but here are some you may want to check out.
Two Homes by Claire Masurel aims to reassure kids that even though they're now living in two separate houses, they're equally loved in both. This book can help kids feel confident about the big changes that happen after a divorce. For children ages 3-7.
A great read for kids who are in preschool to first grade, Standing On My Own Two Feet tells the story of a child who is confident in his parents' love for him, even though they are divorced. An uplifting story for every family.
While this book doesn't deal directly with divorce, its heartwarming story about how we're always connected to our loved ones no matter where we are can be a comfort to children acclimating to their parents' separation or divorce.
Children living through their parents' separation are going to be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. This book does a great job at guiding parents in helping their children express and work through their feelings. Most importantly, It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear emphasizes that when parents separate, it's never the fault of the children.
Aimed at children ages 7-12, What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? helps kids and parents work through the most common questions that come up during a separation. With great recommendations for further reading, this book is a great place to start for parents concerned about how to discuss divorce with their children.
When I Miss You does a beautiful job at helping children cope with separation anxiety. While not specifically aimed at children experiencing their parents' divorce, the feelings of loss and worry expressed by the little guinea pig narrator may be very similar to the anxieties of kids suddenly living in two separate homes. For children ages 3-6.
In Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend, Henry has to help his dog, Pomegranate, adjust to living in two separate homes. Focusing on the positives that each home has, this book helps children come to terms with the new structure of their family life. For children ages 3-6.
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