Book Review: What About the Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce

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July 11, 2013

Divorce is a tumultuous time. Sometimes it is difficult to see past one’s individual trauma and focus on those who are also affected: the children. Most parents make a genuine effort to consider their children first when it comes to divorce, but moving past consideration into action can be the most difficult thing to do. In What About the Kids? renowned psychologist Judith Wallerstein seeks to help parents know when and how to help their children cope with divorce, from the beginning to many years after the finalization. It details important steps for interacting with your child, from breaking the news and explaining divorce, designing a custody arrangement that is best for your child, and how divorce can have surprisingly positive effects on children and can actually make someone a better parent. Judith Wallerstein’s sound advice comes with experience and expertise, from more than thirty years of in-depth interviews with children of all ages and their parents during divorce. Sensitive to the fact that divorce is not a single event, but a life changing and foundation rattling circumstance to overcome, Wallerstein offers an alternative path towards creating a new life of compassion with the motivation to overcome.