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Why Do Families Change?
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Why Do Families Change?
Our First Talk About Separation and Divorce
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Separation and divorce are difficult on the entire family. Often young children blame themselves or are unsure of their place in the family if these events occur. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts...
Separation and divorce are difficult on the entire family. Often young children blame themselves or are unsure of their place in the family if these events occur. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts...
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  • Separation and divorce are difficult on the entire family. Often young children blame themselves or are unsure of their place in the family if these events occur. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter. Why Do Families Change? is part of the Just Enough series. Other topics in the series include birth, death, and diversity. For more information, visit ustenoughseries.com.

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  • Dr. Jillian Roberts is a renowned child psychologist, author, associate professor and parent. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts has had her work published in the New York Times and theToronto Sun, is a regular contributor to HuffPost and Global News. Her bestselling Just Enough series of children's books was released in 2015 to international acclaim. In early 2017 Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks to offer families a supportive, resource-rich community to help them navigate our increasingly complicated world. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2017

    PreS-Gr 1-Using upbeat, colorful illustrations and straightforward text, Roberts reassures kids that they are loved and that divorce or separation is not their fault. The author defines divorce and separation in terms that not only are easy for small children to understand but also lend themselves well to sparking discussions. Potentially scary concepts such as moving are made accessible: "If your parents are separating or getting a divorce, know that change is coming, which can make you feel sad, scared and even angry. These feelings are normal." Back matter addresses custody issues and blended families. VERDICT A helpful tool for adults seeking to explain divorce to elementary students. Consider for guidance counselor offices.-Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2017
    A simple Q-and-A introduction to a difficult topic.The psychologist author starts by discussing relationships--animal and human, married and common-law--and the illustrator enhances the text with pictures of diverse couples from different cultures and sexual orientations. The questions in the illustrated text include: "What is separation?"; "What is divorce?"; "Is it ever the kid's fault?"; What should I expect if my parents are separating or getting a divorce?"; and "What can I do to feel better?" The digital illustrations show a range of situations and emotions, but some may soft-pedal individual kids' experiences. In demonstrating that both parents remain supportive, for instance, pictures depict two Asian parents side by side cheering a young baseball player on. This may well not happen in real life. On the last page, the author presents a few more-complex issues, including questions about custody, parents' getting back together, and blended families. While the whole book is meant to facilitate discussion between children and adults, these last few questions and answers, while still directed at child readers, may provide more information to adults. The answers throughout the book are realistic and appropriate. This could provide comfort to children going through serious periods in their young lives, but only if they are reinforced by thoughtful parents and other loving adults. A useful resource for a common issue. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

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  • BarTalk, BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association "A useful tool for explaining to children that the world is different, but not worse, when their parents separate."
  • Kirkus Reviews "The answers throughout the book are realistic and appropriate...A useful resource for a common issue."
  • School Library Journal "Using upbeat, colorful illustrations and straightforward text, Roberts reassures kids that they are loved and that divorce or separation is not their fault...Potentially scary concepts, such as moving, are made accessible...A helpful tool for adults seeking to explain divorce to elementary students."
  • Resource Links "This would be a perfect 'just in time' book to use with a young child to help explain the confusion of separation and divorce...The beautiful and engaging colour illustrations lend a storybook quality to the book that helps with its accessibility for younger kids."
  • Butterfly Books blog "Children will feel understood and less alone when they realise they're not the only ones with these questions. And they will appreciate the simple, honest answers and their reassuring tone…Why Do Families Change? takes a complicated topic that's difficult to talk about, and breaks it down into simple, matter of fact answers. Its reassuring tone is helpful to both children and parents."
  • CM Magazine "Cindy Revell's colourful illustrations capture the emotions that parents/caregivers and their children may feel...Why Do Families Change? is an excellent book to remind children that it's not their fault if their parents decide to separate or divorce and that they are still part of a family...and that the one thing that remains constant is the love that their family has for them. Highly Recommended."

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