Resources: Children & Divorce


Children & Divorce

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101 Ways to Be a Long-Distance Super Dad … Or Mom, Too! by George Newman 
Improve communication with your children through letters, phone calls, emails, vacations, hobbies, sporting events, games, bedtime stories, and more.

Children of Divorce: Helping Kids When Their Parents Are Apart by Debbie Barr (not currently available through Focus on the Family)
Barr speaks candidly about how children respond to divorce and the changes it imposes on their lives. But she also reveals how Christianity in action can make a difference by providing hope and healing.

Co-Parenting Works! by Tammy Daughtry 
Daughtry shares strategies you and your former spouse can implement to help your children thrive—how to integrate stepparents into your co-parenting team.

Help! My Family’s Messed Up by Emily Parke Chase
This book offers guidance for teens living in troubled families or recovering from broken homes, abuse, and other traumas. 

Helping Children Survive Divorce by Dr. Archibald D. Hart 
Hart examines the effects of divorce on each person in the family, especially children. Topics include resentment, worry, self-esteem, depression, anger, guilt, rejection, and fear of abandonment.

Hope No Matter What: Helping Your Children Heal After Divorce by Kim Hill and Lisa Harper (not currently available through Focus on the Family)
Based on Hill’s personal story, this devotional helps single parents guide children through the fallout of divorce. Find hope through faith in God and processing feelings and fears together.

What Children Need to Know When Parents Get Divorced by William Coleman (not currently available through Focus on the Family)
This book gives tender advice to children whose parents are going through or have gone through divorce. Each short reading speaks directly to a child’s feelings, fears, and questions.

Co-Parenting: Helping Your Child Thrive After Divorce (Ron Deal, Tammy Daughtry) 
Deal and Daughtry bring solid advice and insights into the world of the divorced parent who wants to help their children grow up in a healthy, loving environment—while cooperating as much as possible with the former spouse.

Surviving Divorce and Single Parenthood (Susan Birdseye)
After 17 years of marriage and 5 children, Birdseye’s husband chose to leave her for another woman. With transparency and grace, she describes the devastating effects of that choice on her and her children—and she shares of God’s unending mercies in the midst of heartache and uncertainty.

Adventures in Odyssey®: On Thin Ice #7 
“Monty’s Christmas” explores the themes of the effects of divorce on children and the importance of strong families.

Adventures in Odyssey®: Other Times, Other Places #10
The “Emotional Baggage” episode discusses the importance of not holding grudges after parents get divorced.

Adventures in Odyssey®: Meanwhile, in Another Part of Town #14 
Children of divorced parents often hope that their parents will remarry. The “Father’s Day” episode in this album helps a child in that situation face the reality that this may not occur.

Adventures in Odyssey®: The Sky’s the Limit #49
In “Life in the Third Person,” Mandy’s parents separate, and she tries to get away from her troubles but ends up in an accident. In the hospital, she shares her feelings with her parents, who decide to work on their relationship with God’s help.

Focus on the Family Counseling Consultation Line
If you need someone to talk to, Focus on the Family offers a free phone counseling consultation with a licensed or pastoral counselor. Call 1-855-771-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM (MT). 

Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselor Network
Search for licensed Christian counselors in your area.

Center for Divorce Education
This group provides information and programs to educate the public about divorce, and they also offer direct support to families going through separation or divorce.

As part of its outreach efforts to families, this organization also oversees DivorceCare for Kids, designed to help children move forward after their parents’ divorce.

Jim Burns and Azusa Pacific University partner to provide a wealth of information related to families, including topics related to children and divorce.