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Making Divorce Easier on Your Child: 50 Effective Ways to Help Children Adjust [Paperback]

Nicholas Long , Rex Forehand
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Feb. 13 2002

From the bestselling authors of Parenting the Strong-Willed Child, expert strategies and action steps for divorcing parents

While there are many trade books on children and divorce, most tend to be filled with extensive discussions of the psychological impact on children, with little effective advice. You want immediate answers and quick access to expert strategies you can use to help your kids today and in the future. Making Divorce Easier on Your Child arms you with 50 effective strategies and action steps for helping your kids cope with divorce, packaged in a convenient, quick-bite format. It is based on the authors' years of clinical experience dealing with the children of divorce, as well as their extensive research into the causes and cures of divorce-related emotional problems.

"Informative and sensible, offering realistic, clear-cut recommendations."

Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Faculty, Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Raising Resilient Children


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How best to help your child through your divorce

Making Divorce Easier on Your Child is filled with practical, sensitive, and highly effective ways to help children cope and adjust both during and after this major change in their lives. Most important, this information will enable you, as a parent, to minimize the negative effects of divorce on your children.

Written by the highly respected psychologists and bestselling authors of Parenting the Strong-Willed Child, this invaluable book draws on the latest research findings and opinions of leading experts in the field, as well as the authors' own clinical experiences and research, to guide you from the first step of planning for divorce to telling your children of your decision to handling visitation and financial issues to moving toward the future--and looking after your own well-being in the process. Here you will find a range of easy-to-follow techniques and priceless wisdom including:

  • Fifty proven strategies for helping your children become well-adjusted despite your divorce
  • The most up-to-date scientific findings made available and accessible to parents
  • Advice on how to accept your children's love for their other parent, as well as dealing with a noncustodial parent who becomes uninvolved
  • How to handle new family combinations
  • How to know when to seek professional help for your children

The majority of issues faced by divorcing or divorced parents are difficult but not hopeless. Comprehensive, upbeat, to the point, and easy to digest during a stressful time, Making Divorce Easier on Your Child can make the adjustment less painful for all involved.

About the Author

Nicholas Long, Ph.D., is a pediatrics professor and the director of pediatric psychology at the University of Arkansas Medical School and Arkansas Children's Hospital. He is also the director of the Center for Effective Parenting, which conducts seminars and workshops for parents and professionals. He is a noted public speaker and researcher, is frequently quoted in national parenting publications, and has appeared on many local television and radio programs.

Rex Forehand, Ph.D., is Regents professor of clinical psychology and the director of the Institute for Behavioral Research at the University of Georgia. He is one of the most frequently cited authors in psychology and has been identified by his peers as one of the leading child psychologists in the United States. He presents workshops around the United States, as well as in countries such as Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!! June 25 2002
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This book has been an invaluable resource. It provides very useful suggestions and is a must buy for any family undergoing a divorce or those professionals working with divorced families.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a huge help! June 25 2002
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Format:Paperback
Making Divorce Easier on Your Child is a great resource for parents who are divorcing. It provides clear and simple solutions to sticky situations and common-sense advice for parents who are going through a divorce or who have already divorced. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars helpful for parents Feb. 28 2006
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As a professional counselor, I was interested in specific ideas on helping parents & children of divorce. This book had some very concrete ideas. It is aimed at parents, written in 'plain-speak'. There's nothing new or eath-shaking here, but it is a pretty all-inclusive little book for parents interested in helping their children deal with the issue of divorce.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and practical book. April 20 2009
By M. C. Loftin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was written to disseminate information derived from three decades of behavioral research into the effects of divorce on children. It has a format of short chapters that make it easy to read and apply as needed. The book is inexpensive, useful, and accurate. I am a clinical psychologist, and in my practice, I recommend this book to all my patients who are parents struggling with divorce.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!! June 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has been an invaluable resource. It provides very useful suggestions and is a must buy for any family undergoing a divorce or those professionals working with divorced families.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview July 12 2005
By K. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a good overview, but I needed more situational type information. How to work through the tough disagreements with a spouse who is unwilling to meet on common ground. How to deal with younger children and how it impacts them. I did take away some good advice, but most of the book is common sense.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a huge help! June 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Making Divorce Easier on Your Child is a great resource for parents who are divorcing. It provides clear and simple solutions to sticky situations and common-sense advice for parents who are going through a divorce or who have already divorced. I highly recommend it.
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