Children living in separated family situations fare best when their relationship with each of their parents continues to be close. Putting Children First helps mothers and fathers unlock and resolve the conflict around contact with children that can arise during and after separation. Using strategies such as parenting plans, scripted phone calls and parenting meetings, the book will enable parents to communicate effectively on all the most important things in their children's lives - and make relaxed arrangements for the continued involvement by both parents with their children.
Guide to helping children adjusting to a changed family life after parental separation. Explores issues such as family communication, breaking the news of separation, belonging to two households, new partners and new families. Includes further reading, a list of useful agencies, and index. Author is a professional consultant to separated families and has written several guides on relationships and separated parenting.
One in three people in the UK is part of a stepfamily. Remarriages now make up 38% of weddings and many of these marriages involve children from previous relationships on both sides. It's an unfortunate statistic that 70% of blended families break up within the first three years. Seven years ago Jo Danks was in that very situation. She had a daughter from a previous marriage and was head over heels in love with a man in a similar position. She desperately needed help and guidance but while there were many books available on being a stepmother, there were none which could advise her on being a blended stepmother. So after several years of learning on the job, she decided to write the definitive guide to the challenges facing the soon-to-be stepmother. With the inclusion of testimonies from other blending stepmothers, life coaches and counsellors, fun self-assessment exercises and the help of lively characters based on the author's young adolescent family, FROM MOTHER TO STEPMOTHER gives encouragement, practical guidance and a strong sense of fellowship to blending stepmothers everywhere.
Understanding Parental Alienation is intended for parents who are living through a nightmare—the loss of their relationship with a child—which seems impossible to understand and extremely frustrating to turn around. This book, written by two leading experts in the field, provides a balance of theoretical background and practical hands-on information to guide both parents and practitioners through this devastating phenomenon. The authorsf many years of experience have shaped their understanding of the causes of parental alienation, the manifestations of this serious mental health condition, and interventions that are likely to be helpful in the short-term and the long-term. The book is written in a readable, engaging manner interspersed with interesting case vignettes. As well as introducing some new theoretical concepts, such as the transition bridge, and helping the reader to understand the unique dynamics of the child's rejection, perhaps the most original parts of the book focus on taking action to deal with the problem and strategies for healing. The authors provide practical advice on preparing for court including how to develop a chronology of events and how to prepare a written submission, even down to choosing a writing style that is most likely to be read by the judge. Specific guidance is also provided on how to help alienated children heal through reunification. Understanding Parental Alienation is a highly valuable resource for parents and a must-read book for every mental health professional, social worker or legal professional working with families in divorce.
Never before have parents been under so much pressure to produce confident, happy and successful daughters, but the new and unexpected challenges of parenting in the digital age can be overwhelming. Based on 7 timeless secrets to equip for life, '7 Secrets of Raising Girls Every Parent Must Know' offers a fresh, positive and practical approach to the pleasures and pitfalls of parenting a daughter from birth onwards. With easy-to follow advice, quotes and tips from parents and daughters, this indispensable guide will help you navigate the tricky stuff and show you how to leave your daughter with a legacy of values you’re proud of. Author Judy Reith shares her best secrets from her own experience of raising three daughters combined with 15 years of coaching parents. Plus, you’ll hear some good old-fashioned parenting wisdom and wit from Judy’s mum, ‘Marmar’, also a mother of three daughters.
Business of Parenting is a challenging one and if there are conflicts and parental divorce, it tends to make parenting more difficult. This guide is an excellent and practical one to assist parents in raising responsible, happy, grounded and resilient children despite the parental dispute.
The stories within this book document how men and women—both straight and gay—have rearranged their lives to create harmonious kinship relationships and be successful parents after separation, thereby proving that divorce does not have to mean "unhappily ever after." • Provides numerous insightful quotes derived from interviews with more than 50 parents • Supplies a bibliography that covers topics such as post-separation parenting, stepfamilies, gay/lesbian parenting, transitions for adults, and the history of cultural and family change
The ultimate resource for separated and divorced parents, written by an internationally acclaimed expert on divorce and its impact on children. This comprehensive and empowering guide is filled with practical, effective ways to minimize the effects of divorce on children, and offers immediate solutions to the most critical parenting problems divorce brings. In this go-to resource, Christina McGhee addresses the issues of utmost importance to parents: ? How and when to tell the children about the divorce ? Guiding children through transition ?Helping children cope with having two homes ?Dealing with finances ?Managing a difficult relationship with an ex ?And more Offering advice on explaining things to every age group-from toddlers to teenagers-in plain, consistent, and age-appropriate terms, Parenting Apart also offers practical suggestions for parents to help them maintain their own sense of stability and take care of their own well-being while taking care of their kids.