When Mom and Dad Divorce: A Kid's Resource

When Mom and Dad Divorce: A Kid's Resource

by Emily Menendez-Aponte, R. W. Alley

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Divorce isn’t easy on anyone, least of all children. When Mom and Dad Divorce helps gently guide children through this painful passage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497682979
Publisher: Abbey Press
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Elf-help Books for Kids
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 959,472
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Emily Menendez-Aponte holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree. As a licensed social worker, she has counseled families and children for over 10 years. Currently, she lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children and is an independent consultant for the New Jersey Early Intervention System.
R. W. Alley is the illustrator for the popular Abbey Press adult series of Elf-help books, as well as an illustrator and writer of children’s books. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife, daughter, and son. See a wide variety of his works at: www.rwalley.com.

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When Mom and Dad Divorce

A Kid's Resource

By Emily Menendez-Aponte, R. W. Alley

Abbey Press

Copyright © 1999 Emily Menendez-Aponte
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4976-8297-9


Lots of Things Are Changing

When your mom and dad get a divorce, it may feel like your life has just been turned upsidedown. It's hard to think that the two people in the world who you love most don't love each other anymore.

So many things are changing all at once. In the middle of everything, you may wonder: "What's going to happen to ME?" Tell your parents what you wonder and worry about.

It's Not Your Fault

Parents get divorced for lots of different reasons—grown-up reasons. You may have seen or heard your parents fighting. They may have loud fights, or they may have quiet fights and not talk to each other much.

Whatever the reason for your parents' divorce, IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT. Your parents aren't getting divorced because you did something wrong. And there is nothing you can do better or differently to keep them from getting divorced. Sometimes it's just better for parents not to be married to each other anymore.

Your Parents Still Love You

Many things in your life are changing right now, but one thing will always stay the same—your parents will always love you.

Even if one of your parents doesn't live in the same house as you, you still have a mom and a dad. You still have two parents to love and care for you.

Though your parents may not love each other anymore, they both still love you very much. Parents only divorce each other. They don't divorce you!

All of Your Feelings

You might have all kinds of different feelings about what's happening in your life. You may be really angry, upset, or sad. Or maybe you are scared, worried, or confused.

It's okay to have these feelings—whatever they are. Many kids whose parents are going through a divorce have these same kinds of feelings.

Let yourself feel the way you feel. Talk about it with your mom or dad. It will take some time to sort through all your feelings.

Feeling Better

Remember that it's okay to cry when you are upset. Letting your feelings out can help you to feel better.

Doing things you like might also help you feel better. Drawing or playing with a favorite toy can help. Hugs can help, too. When you are upset, get a big hug from someone you love.

Talk to People

It's good to talk to people about what you are feeling. It's not good to keep all of your feelings hidden inside you.

Besides your mom or dad, it might help to talk with other grown-ups in your life, like a grandparent or teacher.

Your mom or dad might ask you to talk to a "counselor." A counselor is someone who helps people with their problems. You don't need to be embarrassed. Counselors are very good at listening and they can really help.


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When Mom and Dad Divorce: A Kid's Resource 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me and my kids really liked this book. It touches on the major feelings and changes for kids when their parents divorce. Reading this book together really helped my boys and I have conversations about how they're handling the changes in our family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure. Setting?