We all know children with divorced parents. Although divorce is unfortunately common in our society, it is no less taxing on the children involved. Divorce can be a challenging topic to talk about with kids of any age. That’s why I love that there are children’s books about divorce and separation. These books can bridge the gap between our adult understanding of what happens between parents and that of the child’s first-hand experience. Here are a few you might find helpful.
Cosmos’ Mom and Dad Are Moving Apart by Dr. Annie Thiel
When it comes to children’s books about divorce, this is one of the better ones. Dr. Thiel does a great job of explaining from a parent’s perspective the reality of adults divorcing each other, not their kids. This is important for kids to know and understand. It is so easy for them to feel responsible. However, this book can help parents open up that very important dialogue.
Was it the Chocolate Pudding? By Sandra Levins and Bryan Langdo
I love that this book tackles a difficult topic with child-like innocence. It introduces words and concepts like joint custody and single-parent homes as the children ask very real questions to try to understand the changes their family is experiencing. It also includes a handy “Note to Parents”.
My Family’s Changing By Pat Thomas
This children’s book about divorce is authored by a psychotherapist and counselor who takes a very straightforward approach to explaining divorce to children. I love that it does an excellent job of paying special attention to the questions and fears a child might have. The book features sidebars throughout entitled “What About You?” to remind parents to stop and ask the children what they’re feeling as they read. It feels especially empathetic and child-centered—great for such a sensitive subject.
Standing On My Own Two Feet: A Child’s Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce By Tamara Schmitz
This book differs from the others in that the focus is more on the child feeling love versus the process of divorce. The tone is gentle and uplifting, and it stresses that having two households can be twice the love, similar to having two feet to stand on.