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Parents and kids facing divorce: Read this

Every parent agrees that the most important people in their lives are their children. That is why it is so important for parents to do all they can to protect their kids as they together navigate the emotional and legal challenges of divorce.

Parents can lean on friends and family for advice on how to guide and protect their children as they encounter difficult life experiences. A librarian recently pointed out in a newspaper article that there are resources at the public library that can also be helpful to parents and kids coping with divorce.

If you have a young child who must contend with the difficult emotions that accompany divorce, you might consider checking out from the Lane Libraries "Divorce: Let’s Talk About It," by Fred Rogers.

Many readers undoubtedly recall the calm demeanor of PBS's Mr. Rogers; a quality he brings to his reassuring explanations of how kids can and will get through a trying divorce experience.

Another book the librarian recommends is "It’s Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear: a Read-Together Book for Parents & Young Children during Divorce" (written by Vicki Lansky). Again, the focus is on young kids.

Psychologists, therapists and others familiar with the emotional toll of divorce on kids constantly emphasize that parents should repeatedly make it clear to their children that the divorce is not the kids' fault. That's also the important message in Jennifer Moore-Mallinos' “When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends."

A recommended title for tweens: "Divorce is Not the End of the World: Zoe’s and Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids," by Zoe and Evan Stern and their mom, Ellen Sue Stern.

You can contact a Hamilton family law attorney to discuss ways to protect your children and your parental rights in your divorce.

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