If you are going through a divorce and have kids, the care and well-being of your children is utmost on your mind. Trying your best to make the transition to two homes a loving, secure experience for your family? These four children’s books can do a great job in helping kids see the bigger picture that everything is going to be okay.
Young Alex’s parents are divorced, and he spends time with each of them. He has two rooms, two favorite chairs, two sets of friends, two of everything. He loves both of them no matter where he is, and they love him, no matter where they are! This book is a gentle, positive way for parents to let their children know that they are still loved despite their living arrangements.
Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families
Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur books, uses dinosaurs to compassionately explain why parents divorce, what will happen to “me,” where will holidays be celebrated, living in two homes, etc. Just like Arthur, this book is an upbeat and straightforward treatment of a potentially confusing experience for kids.
Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child’s Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce
Addison is a regular kid whose parents are going through a divorce, but he knows that no matter what happens, his parents will always love him. Inspiring, gentle, and uplifting, this book quietly teaches kids that having two homes to live in can be just as great as having two strong feet to stand on.
It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce
How do you talk to your children about your divorce? How can you best handle their responses? Here’s a children’s book and parenting tool rolled into one. Koko Bear’s parents are getting a divorce, and Koko, a preschool-aged unisex bear, isn’t happy about it. “I don’t like this divorce. I don’t want two homes,” Koko says. Koko Bear’s story doesn’t minimize kids’ pain, but the message is positive: children are reassured that their feelings are natural, that their parents still love and will care for them, and that the divorce is not their fault. Isn’t that what we all want our kids to know? At the bottom of each page, there are tips for parents about what the kids are going through, and the best way to handle each issue as it arises.
Are these at your library? What books have you read to your children that help to facilitate the conversation about divorce in a safe and secure way?