It can be very difficult to communicate with your teenaged kids about anything—and especially hard to talk to them about sensitive subjects like your divorce. When you are going through a divorce or separation, one of the ways to make sure your teen is processing your divorce in a healthy way is to provide them with books and guides on the subject. Below, we’ve listed a few of the best resources and literature for older children going through divorce.
- The Divorce Help Book for Teens by Cynthia MacGregor. An expert wrote this book especially for teens on the subject. It contains straightforward advice, stories, and strategies for teens to use while navigating their parents’ divorce and processing their new lives.
- The Smart Girl’s Guide to Her Parents’ Divorce by Nancy Holyoke. This guide consists of a collection of letters from girls whose parents’ are divorcing, along with answers from experts. The book covers everything from the parents’ initial separation to the remarriage of a parent.
- Surviving Divorce by Trudi Strain Trueit. This book especially geared toward teens and preteens gives helpful advice on how to process divorce, from recognizing signs of depression, to keeping a journal, to taking personal responsibility.
- Now What Do I Do? by Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski. This helpful guide for teens includes activities that you can do alone or with friends. It covers a wide range of subjects related to divorce and separation, including processing grief, letting go of guilt, dealing with feelings of anger, and reestablishing healthy communication with both of your parents.
Giving your teens books, guides, and workbooks to help them process your divorce can be extremely helpful, especially in tandem with family counseling and therapy. However, it is important to note that nothing can replace talking face-to-face with your children about your divorce: why it is happening, what will happen in the future, and how they still have two parents who love and care for them.
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