KIDS FIRST: What Kids Want Grown-Ups to Know About Separation and Divorce takes parents and professionals through the series of events that children go through during their parents’ separation or divorce, and describes the emotional impact of those events from the child’s perspective. Clearly demonstrating the linkages between parent behavior and child emotional response, the book is a critical tool for parents wishing to protect their child from the fallout of divorce.
While an adult may experience relief in the event of a divorce, it is an emotion rarely shared by children, who instead confront feelings of guilt, embarrassment, worry and anger. By providing expert advice on how to effectively listen to children, guidelines for how to tell kids about the separation, and how best to avoid putting kids in the middle, “Kids First: What Kids Want Grown-Ups to Know” gives practical advice on how to keep parenting relationships healthy in the most trying of times.
"This book is a gold mine of information for separating parents and for the professionals who serve parents and their children. It will surely help lower inter-parental conflict and make life better for thousands of children affected by this issue."
Felicity Myers, LCSW
"‘Kids First’ is an honest and practical guide to providing emotional and physical well-being to children whose world is rocked by divorce. This book is preventative medicine for all divorcing parents."
Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom.
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus
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Since 1990 over 500,000 individuals have successfully received their Court Ordered Parenting Course certificates through Education Programs.
Here are unedited random quotes from among our over half million successful students:
I have learned from this program how to communicate with my children more effectively and really listen to them and not controlling their coversation when it comes to their father. Also, this program taught me how to realize my faults as a parent of crit
I have learned how to focus more on the wellbeing of my children, and see the divorce more through their eyes rather than my hurt.
It is all about effective communication and understanding between parents and between parents and children