How story books can help your children navigate family divorce

Divorce can be a challenging time for families, especially for children who may struggle to understand what's happening and why.  Tia Harrison specialises in family law at Heringtons and recognises the importance of supporting families through this transition. Tia says that one valuable tool for helping children cope with divorce is by story-telling. Children's books can provide comfort, reassurance, and understanding during this difficult time. Here, we've compiled a list of recommended children's books that address the topic of divorce in age-appropriate and sensitive ways.

  1. "Two Homes" by Claire Masurel
    • This beautifully illustrated picture book explores the concept of two homes after a divorce. It follows a young boy as he navigates life between his parents' two households, highlighting the love and stability he finds in both places.
  2. "Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families" by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
    • Written by a psychologist and a children's book author, this informative book uses dinosaurs to explain the many aspects of divorce, including different living arrangements, emotions, and coping strategies. It's a comprehensive resource for children facing divorce.
  3. "The Invisible String" by Patrice Karst
    • While not specifically about divorce, this heart-warming story reassures children that they are always connected to their loved ones, no matter where they are. It's a comforting message for children experiencing the changes and separations that divorce can bring.
  4. "Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce" by Sandra Levins
    • Targeted at younger children, this book uses a relatable scenario involving chocolate pudding to explain divorce in simple terms. It addresses common questions and feelings children may have, providing reassurance and understanding.
  5. "Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce" by Tamara Schmitz
    • Through the story of a young girl named Julie, this book explores the many emotions children may experience during divorce, such as sadness, anger, and confusion. It emphasises the importance of love and support from family members.

These books offer valuable resources for families seeking to explain divorce to their children in sensitive and age-appropriate ways. By providing children with understanding and reassurance, we can help them navigate this difficult time with resilience and strength. If you need legal assistance or support during your divorce journey, please don't hesitate to contact Tia and the team. 

Tia Harrison, Partner/Family Law Solicitor

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