Author(s): Cynthia MacGregor
Packed with vignettes, strategies, and solid advice, The Divorce Helpbook for Teens is a resource teens will keep in their backpacks, on their bedside tables, and in their hearts as they go through the difficult times surrounding a family breakup.
Divorce can be tough on kids. MacGregor knows how tough, and she has prepared a down-to-earth guide that genuinely helps. Included are discussions of many topics troubling kids when their parents divorce: reasons parents get divorced: ways the divorce will change kids' lives: kids' feelings about divorce: things kids can do to help them feel better: who to talk to: what's likely to happen next.
This is not just a book for kids about divorce, though. It's a book about life after divorce, too. The kids in MacGregor's book are dealing with visitation and custody and straddling two households and making it all work.
Maybe it isn't easy, but as MacGregor wisely counsels her readers: "You can't undo the divorce, but you can change some of the hassles that resulted from it."
'Here is a book that is as helpful to teens as to their parents. From the emotional to the pragmatic aspects of divorce, both will benefit from these insights. They will help with communication between parent and teen, and the needed reassurances during this stressful time.' -- Vicki Lansky, Author, Divorce Book for Parents and It's Not Your Fault
'...reminds teens that divorce is between the parents and in no way is the fault of the children. It also advises the teenager how to build a support group from among friends, relatives and others.' --- Mark Roseman, Ph.D. Deputy Director for Child Access, Children's Rights Council
'...teens will find reassurance and common sense ideas on how to feel better, how to understand the crazy things parents do when they fall out of love with each other, and how to talk about all the changes.' --- Hugh R. Leavell, Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapist
'Filled with realistic vignettes, straight answers, and practical strategies for adjusting to life changes after divorce, this positive guide provides tools for coping with sadness, anger, and depression.' --- ForeWord Magazine
'...The Divorce Helpbook for Teens addresses itself to an age group all too often neglected when parents break up... Both teens and the parents of teens will benefit... a sensible, straight-talking guide to helping teenagers handle their parents' divorce.' --- www.infodad.com
Cynthia MacGregor is the author of 50 books for parents and kids, many with a focus on helping kids through difficult situations, including Jigsaw Puzzle Family, along with The Divorce Helpbook for Kids: The Divorce Helpbook for Teens: Why Do People Die?: Why Do We Have to Move?: and Why Do We Need Another Baby? Cynthia lives in South Florida, where she teaches adult evening courses in creative writing and public speaking. Her hobbies are writing haiku and cooking.
Contents: Introduction. Chapter 1 - It's Not About You -- It Just Feels Like It Is Chapter 2 - How Did We Get Into This Mess? Chapter 3 - Your Comfort Zone 4 - A Life Full of Changes Chapter 5 - Parent Time: Custody & Visits 'What's New with You, Dad?' Chapter 6 - Parents at a Distance Chapter 7 - Unfair Tactics Chapter 8 - A Time of Turmoil Chapter 9 - The FAQ Chapter Chapter 10 - A Few Last Words