Divorces are hard. Plain and simple.

Especially when kids are involved.

Co-parenting and making sure your children are always the focus can be a challenge for most couples. How do you make sure everyone is on the same page and wants the same things for your children, when you’re no longer together?

With help from The Canadian Bar Association, we’ve put together a list of 4 books that can help guide you through the process.

1. Putting Children First: Proven Strategies for Helping Children Thrive through Divorce, JoAnne Pedro-Carroll
Provides information about children’s experience of separation and the potential impact of separation on children, and discusses how to talk to children and help them prepare for separation, how to support children’s resilience and how to create parenting plans.

2. Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids and, Yes, your Ex, Judith Ruskay Rabinor
Discusses how parents living apart can develop and maintain a healthy, functional relationship to help them raise their children together after their separation.

3. Parents Are Forever: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Successful Co-Parents after Divorce, Shirley Thomas
Provides practical guidance on creating plans for parenting apart, including making parenting decisions, determining children’s time with each parent and resolving common problems. Includes a helpful checklist of issues to address in parenting plans.

4. Renegotiating Family Relationships, Robert E. Emery
Discusses the emotions involved in separation and how they affect parents’ ability to communicate and work together. Discusses the transition from being a couple to individuals engaged in the joint task of parenting, and offers tools and techniques to help parents communicate effectively.

Have you been through a divorce or separation? Are there any books or resources you found helpful, when learning how to navigate the situation with children? Share them with us below!

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