help for kids of divorce
Books and or films can be a helpful way to start conversations with your kids about tough topics. Often it’s easier and less stressful for children to talk about what’s happening in a book or film than what’s going on in their own lives.
Keep in mind, while a resource may be recommended, that doesn’t mean it’s the best resource for your children. Every family’s needs and circumstances are different, be sure to preview books or videos before giving them to your children.
- films and dvds
Split: a film about divorce for kids (and their parents) For kids 6-12 years old
Each year millions of children are left to manage their parent’s divorce often on their own or with little support.
Because kids listen to kids, SPLIT was made exclusively from the children’s point of view. Both with great honesty and courage, 12 amazing kids share the difficult truth about how it feels when parents part. Touching and sometimes even funny, this documentary will help both kids and their parents move forward with healing and hope.
(BTW- Just to keep things transparent, I’m a member of the creative team for this project. So when I say it’s a film that EVERY child with divorced parents should see, you can consider me a little biased 😉 But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take a look and see for yourself…)
Sesame Street:Divorce for kids 2-8 years old
for younger kids
The Boy Who Didn’t Want To Be Sad by Rob Goldblatt – For ages 3-6 years old
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst – For ages 3-6 years old
Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce by Sandra Levins and Bryan Langdo – For ages 3-6 years old
Missing Rabbit by Roni Schotter – For ages 3-6 years old
Two Homes by Claire Masurel – For ages 3-6 years old
Mom and Dad Glue by Kes Gray – For ages 5-8 years old
* Not about divorce but great for talking about feelings and developing coping skills*
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain – For ages 4-8 years old
Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff – For ages 4-8 years old
for older children
Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids by Isolina Ricci – For ages 10 -12 years old
Why Are We Getting a Divorce? by Peter Mayle – For ages 8 -12 years old
Amber Brown is Green with Envy by Paula Danziger – For ages 8 -12 years old : Fiction
The Divorce Express by Paula Danziger – For ages 12 -12 years old : Fiction
Catching Crazy by Jacob Cummer – For ages 10 -12 years old : Fiction
Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life by Barbara Dee For ages 12-14 years old : Fiction
tweens and teens
The Divorce Helpbook for Teens by Cynthia MacGregor