The Divorce Workbook for Children: Help for Kids to Overcome Difficult Family Changes and Grow Up Happy

The Divorce Workbook for Children: Help for Kids to Overcome Difficult Family Changes and Grow Up Happy

by Lisa M. Schab


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Divorce affects thousands of children each year, and each and every one of them will benefit from the caring, friendly activities in this book.

While children may sometimes not show apparent signs of the stress of a divorce, the strain it places on them is very real and, left undealt with, can develop into serious problems in the years to come. Written by an experienced counselor, The Divorce Workbook for Children offers you simple and engaging activities that can help you help kids address and cope with issues related to parental divorce. The goal of these activities is to help kids feel 'out of the middle' of the parental conflict and learn to be more resilient and self-reliant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572246010
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Series: Instant Help Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 355,722
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice in the greater Chicago area. She has authored fourteen self-help books and workbooks for children, teens, and adults, including The Anxiety Workbook for Teens and Beyond the Blues. Schab teaches self-help workshops for the general public and training seminars for professionals, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). You can find out more about Schab at

Table of Contents

A Note to Parents     v
Introduction     vii
Getting Through Your Parents' Divorce     1
Divorce Is a Grown-Up Problem     5
Divorce Is Not Caused by Kids     8
Talking to Your Parents About the Divorce     11
Talking to Others About the Divorce     14
Things That Stay the Same     18
Your Parents' Love for You Doesn't Stop     21
Married or Divorced, Your Parents Take Care of You     24
Other People Who Care for You     27
Feelings About Divorce     30
Feeling Sad     33
How to Help Yourself When You Feel Sad     36
Feeling Mad     40
How to Help Yourself When You Feel Mad     43
Feeling Scared     47
How to Help Yourself When You Feel Scared     50
Feeling Guilty     54
How to Help Yourself When You Feel Guilty     57
Feeling Helpless     61
How to Help Yourself When You Feel Helpless     64
Feeling Happy     68
Using Your Thoughts to Cope with Your Feelings     71
Using Your Body to Cope with Your Feelings     74
Mom's House, Dad's House     81
Different Houses, DifferentRules     86
Getting Organized     91
Transition Time     95
When Parents Argue     98
Caught in the Middle     102
Blaming the Divorce     105
No Parent Is All Good or All Bad     109
When Parents Are Far Away     112
Parents Who Need Help     116
When a Parent Leaves Your Life     119
You Can't Make Your Parents Get Back Together     122
Single Parents May Go on Dates     125
Your Parents Still Love You Even If They Start to Date     128
Your Mom or Dad Might Get Married Again     131
An Ending and a Beginning     134
Congratulations!     137

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