Imagine Hope loves a good book! So this week we are sharing a few favorites. Enjoy some of this week's books pool side over the summer! Teri's Book Recommendation: Helping Your Kids Cope With Divorce the Sandcastles Way by Gary Neuman
I am a child of divorce, so reading through this reference book for parents tells me a lot about myself and what I went through growing up. I wish this book and all the research it is based on was around for my parents.
Gary Neuman's book is a gift to any parent going through a divorce or even considering it. This book is based on real research from the Sandcastles program for kids of divorce. It gives parents a REAL understanding of what their child feels, thinks about, and struggles with at all different ages from infants to 17 year old as a child of divorce.
It covers vital topics that parents need to be overly informed on in order to do the least amount of damage to kids throughout the divorce process. It digs into co-parenting, how to tell your kids about the divorce, moving out, visitation, dating again, and step families.
I know that not every marriage can be saved, but if at all possible RUN to a professional for help if you fear you will be heading toward divorce. Your kids will have a much different childhood if you can go through the healing changes needed for a healthy relationship.
But if divorce is your reality. Buy this book. Use this book. Study this book. Keep this book. Use it through the years to help guide you in doing what research says is best for your child.
Taking the time to read this book and do what it says will be a gift to your kids. Someday your kids may look back and be thankful that you did!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.