Divorce Helpbook for Teens

Divorce Helpbook for Teens

by Cynthia MacGregor


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MacGregor knows that divorce can be especially tough on teens, and her warm and friendly guide offers a helping hand to teens struggling to answer the tough questions when their parents divorce: Why do parents get divorced? How will the divorce change our lives? What can I do to feel less depressed? Who can I talk to about my problems? What's going to happen next? How do you tell absent parents that they don't visit enough? How do you say "no" to parents who want you to carry messages to, or spy on, the other parent? What is there to talk about when you visit a parent who's moved away?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781886230576
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Series: Rebuilding Books, for Divorce and Beyond
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 386,515
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cynthia MacGregor is the author of nearly 50 books for parents and children, many with a focus on helping kids through difficult situations. A divorced mother herself, she helped her own daughter (now an adult) cope with parental divorce, and brings real-life experience to the subject of this book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1It's Not About You--It Just Feels Like It Is5
Chapter 2How Did We Get Into This Mess?15
Chapter 3Your Comfort Zone27
Chapter 4A Life Full of Changes41
Chapter 5Parent Time: Custody & Visits47
"What's New With You, Dad?"61
Chapter 6Parents at a Distance71
Chapter 7Unfair Tactics77
Chapter 8A Time of Turmoil87
Chapter 9The FAQ Chapter95
Chapter 10A Few Last Words131

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Teen angst compounded by the turmoil of divorcing parents is not a subject for the fainthearted to tackle. But MacGregor¿s engaging style quickly establishes empathy with this challenging group, offering genuine warmth and reliable advice along with sensitivity to her readers¿ many vulnerabilities. Her objective is not to function as a single-handed self-help guru; throughout the book she reminds kids to turn to trusted individuals in their lives for additional help. She maintains a thoughtful level of clear-headed reassurance, gently urging teens to think outside their pain and confusion to realize they¿re not alone. This applies to all aspects of their experience of divorce, which MacGregor keenly understands as a uniquely stressful time for those ¿too young for childhood soothing and too young for adult stress relievers.¿ She offers age-appropriate comforts, effective ways to fight depression, and reasonable options for regaining the sense of security that divorce shatters. What I like best about this book, aside from MacGregor¿s unfailing instinct for zeroing in on issues crucial to teens, is her knack for relating to kids on a warm, nonjudgmental, respectfully informative way. Her attitude of compassionate practicality guides them -- without preaching -- to make wise choices. She counters common erroneous conclusions kids are apt to draw about divorce (I.e., it¿s their fault Mom and Dad broke up; they can get Mom and Dad back together, etc.), with insightful reality checks that avoid making the reader feel patronized. She¿s a staunch advocate, defending kids¿ right to refuse to participate in unfair tactics (like being used as messengers or spies) their divorced parents may resort to. At the same time, she underscores the importance of preserving relationships where possible by meeting each parent halfway. Smart exercises like keeping a journal help teens in pain to vent and sort out their emotions. MacGregor¿s goal is to get kids to see that, while they can¿t undo the divorce, they can avoid many of the resulting hassles. This sense of control is a crucial gift this skilled, empathetic author offers her readers. Know a teen of divorce who¿s struggling to adjust? This book is a great starting point for clearing hurdles and moving forward.