William J. Doherty, Ph.D., The Intentional Family: Simple Rituals to Strengthen Family Ties "An Intentional Family…
Putting Children First
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D., Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce
This book is one we highly recommend to our clients with children. Right out of the box, Dr. Pedro-Carroll identifies the concerns nearly all children face when their parents separate. Next, she teaches how to respond to those concerns with empathy and love. She debunks the myths of risk and resilience based upon the cumulative research now available to divorce professionals. From that research, she identifies factors that place children at risk of long-term, adverse consequences and factors that influence children's positive adjustment. In later chapters, she explains how parents can prepare their children for the changes that will occur as a result of the separation. She also addresses how parents can minimize conflict and develop workable co-parenting plans, how they can promote resilience in their children, and how they can become emotionally aware of their children's needs.