Putting the Children First When You Divorce
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Putting the Children First When You Divorce : How to parent together when you're apart

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Using up-to-the-minute research on child welfare and psychology, Penelope Leach, author of the best-selling Your Baby & Child, shows parents why it is crucially important to prioritise children involved in parental separation, and how this can best be done. The reader will discover - often in their own words - what children of different ages are likely to understand and feel about the process, along with ways to help them cope. The book provides help with those difficult decisions about "access"; information about money and legal matters; and suggestions about handovers, holidays, and more.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 17mm | 302g
  • Robinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472140036
  • 9781472140036
  • 361,390

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In Putting the Children First When You Divorce, Penelope Leach looks at the impact of divorce on children of all ages and how it can be softened. Using up-to-the-minute research on child welfare and psychology, Penelope Leach, author of the best-selling Your Baby and Child, shows parents why it is crucial to prioritise children caught up in a parental separation, and how to ensure that the child - whether it is the child of the parent or the child of a new partner - is at the forefront of discussion.

Leach's advice covers everything from parental access, custody and financial and legal considerations to helping children manage and enjoy life in two households. The book is full of real-life anecdotes and opinions of children, parents and grandparents whose lives have been affected by divorce, helping the reader to gain awareness of what children of different ages are likely to understand and feel about the process, and assisting the reader in making difficult decisions about handovers, holidays and more. Leach holds up what she calls 'mutual parenting' as the best way forward from divorce, offering concrete ways for parents to put responsiveness to their children's needs ahead of their feelings about each other.

'Penelope Leach's extensive experience of advising parents is at its most valuable here.' Sir Richard Bowlby, President of Centre for Child Mental Health
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About Penelope Leach

Penelope Leach is a research psychologist and one of the world's leading experts in child development. Her bestselling books on child development for parents include the renowned Your Baby and Child and The Essential First Year. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Visiting Professor at Winchester University and a Senior Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London and at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has been Vice President of the Health Visitors' Association, President and Chair of the Child Development Society and President of the National Childminding Association.
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