Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children" - a bookwrap

Talking today about the "D" word... DIVORCE!  Sad word but often a reality in many families.  How do kids cope with a parental breakup that breaks up everyone's heart involved?  This wonderful book will help all family members I'm sure...


"Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children" 

Authored by Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D
Illustrated by Polona Lovsin

Paperback – Large Print, May 28 2015
Ages 4-8 

“Divorce” is a big word…especially for little kids. It’s hard for young children to understand what the word means, let alone how it will impact their lives—and it’s hard for us, as grown-ups, to explain it to them in terms they can fully comprehend.
Nonetheless, when a child is involved in a family divorce or separation, it is crucial that he or she understands and embraces the changes… and this book will help you explain the transitions to your child."

Some beautiful illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book 

This is a very emotional and challenging topic and the author has successfully managed to deal with it using compassion, her stellar clinical psychological skills, and especially her heart.  

This beautifully illustrated picture book is narrated through the eyes of Zoey Bunny, an adorable little furry character, whose emotions are on a rollercoaster ride at the very thought of her parents getting a divorce.   

She sifts through questions like:  Is it my fault?  Why do I feel so sad angry and broken? Why are Mama and Daddy doing this?  What will happen to me? and Is divorce forever?... just to name a few.  Both her parents are there to answer these tough questions for their beloved daughter in terms that she can understand soothing her confused, worried mind and heart and easing that ever present sick feeling in her tummy.

The book is a wonderful resource for any adult who is involved with a child going through such a traumatic experience in her life.  The author has included a very helpful guide for the grown-ups as the book is introduced, and 20 questions at the back of the book for both adult and child to discuss together.  

This book is is highly recommended and would be a perfect resource for any therapist, parent, teacher, and all others working to aid children through this very difficult period in their lives.  

Storywraps Rating - 5+++ HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author

Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working with children, parents, and families for nearly twenty years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College, and received her doctoral training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, her post-doctoral fellowship training at the University of Michigan Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, and specialized training at the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.

Dr. Maker specializes in child development, parenting, and psychotherapy and has extensive experience working in hospitals, schools, clinical agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She has also taught and supervised graduate and undergraduate students in play therapy, family therapy, and parent guidance, and has published several research and theoretical articles in scientific, peer-reviewed professional psychology journals. She brings a wealth of experience working with divorcing families to her debut title, Family Changes, which is certain to educate, enlighten, and empower children and parents.

About the illustrator 

Polona LovΕ‘in grew up on her grandparents' farm in Slovenia. Her dad gave her colored pencils and paints as a child, and she went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, before beginning her career as an illustrator.

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