Monday, May 21, 2012

When Grandparents Divorce

The Cover is FINISHED! 
Coming this fall! Children's book and parent guide on grandparent divorce. Answers tough questions like: 
What can I do if my children are displaying behaviors related to the divorce?
Infants would benefit from you keeping routines and schedules the same. Keep comforting blankets and toys nearby, and don’t be afraid to be extra affectionate with your infant. Having more cuddle and play time will help to reassure them.
Toddlers may need you to spend extra time with them. Schedule in extra time when dropping off or leaving your child behind.They may need extra reassurance. Be extra affectionate, both verbally and physically. Be patient with signs of regression and
understand that with time and support, the child will most likely catch up to where he was.
Preschool and elementary-age children need more verbal reassurance. Provide them with opportunities to talk, write or draw about how they are feeling. Reading books about the topic can help them process and understand what is going on. This can also
help them to feel like they are not alone or wrong for feeling a certain way. Gently letting them know that the divorce is final will help them to accept the changes, and move forward. Making plans for when they can see their grandparents can help reduce
some of their anxiety. Reminding them that they are still loved, and it was not their fault, is important.
For teens keeping the lines of communication open is very important. It can be helpful for teens to have a healthy adult outside of the family to talk to, such as a youth pastor, teacher, or family friend. Talking to teens about how things will change and how things will stay the same, can help as well.Writing and drawing can also be healing for a teenager. If behaviors get out of
control, seeing a counselor or therapist can help at any age

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