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Talking to Your Kids About Divorce

 Recently a friend of mine and her husband divorced.  It's been tough on all the kids but especially the younger ones.  I've watched on the sidelines as he and his ex navigate this phase of their relationship and applaud them both for how they are handling this breakup and the change in their family dynamics.

I'm not sure how things work in other states but in our state whenever a couple with children divorces they are required to take a court mandated parenting class.  The course is designed to help the family work through the impending changes in the family structure.
Many thanks to the Cadence Group for providing this book for review

Relationships can be difficult at times and sometimes couples aren't able to reconcile and divorce may be the best option for them but how do you explain this to your kids?  The book, Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children, does a great job sharing a difficult topic in a child-friendly manner. 

The paperback has a lot of text so it may be difficult for little ones to read by themselves but it is something perhaps parents could share with their children.

It's hard for young children to understand what the word means, let alone how it will impact their lives--and it's hard for us, as grown-ups, to explain it to them in terms they can fully comprehend. Nonetheless, when a child is involved in a family divorce or separation, it is crucial that he or she understands and embraces the changes... and this book will help you explain the transitions to your child.

Family Changes is a delightfully informative children's book that tackles a complicated topic in compassionate, child-friendly terms. Ideal for young minds aged four through eight, it features a colorful cast of fuzzy characters led by a young bunny na­­med Zoey, who is struggling with her parents' divorce and is riddled by important questions and feelings your child is likely to encounter.
"Divorce" is a big word...especially for little kids.

In addition to the heartfelt story at its core, Family Changes also offers parents, therapists, teachers, family lawyers, and caregivers valuable information on how to ease children through this significant life change. A comprehensive note to parents and a list of essential child-focused questions are provided to guide the adult and child, and are certain to be an asset to both children and adults involved in the divorce/separation process.

Divorce is common and oftentimes parents may neglect their children's feelings as they deal with "adult" issues.  However, it's important to understand how divorce affects some children and books like Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children can help parents talk to their kids about this difficult topic. 

Have you had to talk to your children about divorce?

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