Academic journal article Michigan Family Review

Program Resources: A Guide for Divorcing Parents

Academic journal article Michigan Family Review

Program Resources: A Guide for Divorcing Parents

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Program Resources: A Guide for Divorcing Parents

Michigan State University Extension

Divorcing parents are frequently caught in a dilemma: While they know their children need them more than ever, they often find themselves less emotionally available. Instead, their thoughts are centered primarily on how to deal with their own personal problems. For a time, that is natural. However, an inability to quickly regain a reasonable and effective focus on parenting often results in increased stress levels for everyone -- and insures that the impact of the divorce on children will be more harmful than it needs to be.

In the 56-page booklet, In Your Child's Best Interest: A Guide for Divorcing Parents, editors Anne K. Soderman, Thomas S. Eveland, and Mona J. Ellard encourage concerned and loving parents experiencing divorce to rebuild both themselves and their family relationships in a new and healthy way -- in the best interest of their children. In full color, with illustrations by children in a divorce peer counseling program, the booklet has been designed specifically for use by professionals coordinating court-mandated divorce education programs, divorce mediators, clergy, and a variety of family practitioners servig as guides for separating or divorcing families. Intended to be given to parents, it can be used:

* As a resource for information about the various and specific ways children react to divorce

* As a guide to help parents make effective decisions about custody and visitation matters

* As a reminder about the pitfalls of post-divorce behaviors that can hamper healthy adaptation to family transition

* As a reference that will direct parents toward additional sources of support and renewal. …

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