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Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids

Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids [Kindle Edition]

Christina McGhee
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"This indispensable resource should be placed in the hands of every separated and divorced parent" (Jack Canfield, Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Single Parent's Soul)

"Parenting Apart is the book every child wishes their divorced parents would read" (Amy McCready, Parenting expert and founder of Positive Parenting Solutions)

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A comprehensive and empowering resource for separated and divorced parents to raise happy and secure children

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As an internationally acclaimed speaker, author and divorce coach, Christina McGhee has helped thousands of separated and divorced parents learn the defining difference between children surviving or thriving when parents split up.

Dubbed "the divorce coach," Christina's work has been highlighted by many publications and gained international attention for her participation in the 2006 British Channel 4 documentary series "How to Divorce Without Screwing up Your Children." As a professional speaker and trainer, she also educates family lawyers, mental health counselors and mediators. In 2008, she led an initiative for children of divorce when invited to speak to Scotland's First Minister and members of Scottish Parliament.

Over the past three years, Christina has also worked closely with the family lawyer organization, Resolution, to develop the Parenting After Parting program and orchestrated the launch of services offering informational workshops for separated parents in six pilot regions across England and Wales.

Absolutely passionate about getting good information into the right hands at the right time, she offers practical, easy to use resources that take parents from feeling helpless to hopeful. Her relentless desire to radically change how families experience separation and divorce is also the driving force behind her latest book, Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents can Raise Happy and Secure Kids.

In all facets of her work, Christina challenges children and families to use difficult situations and life circumstances as a catalyst for positive change in their lives. She not only teaches that philosophy but also works very hard to live by it. Christina, who has been married for over sixteen years, also grew up in a divorced family and later became a bonus parent. She and her husband, Scott, live in Texas and together have four wonderful children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Parenting Apart Independent Review 27 July 2011
By Vivien
This has to be one of the most comprehensive and empowering guidebooks I have read to date. Let's be serious, separation and divorce is difficult enough but divorce when there are children involved is an emotive complex matter. A family unit torn apart is even more difficult. McGhee begins her masterpiece by reminding us "it won't be easy." She then goes on to offer guidance that is second to none!

This book seamlessly glides through every possible topic imaginable from change, loss and legalities, to do's and don'ts and common problems. She has divided the book into four sections with each of the sections carrying the answers to all of the questions a parent will consider through this guilt-ridden period of change.

She begins by introducing us to `the relationship between stress and parenting', a wonderful introduction to allow us to see how our behaviours and responses can have a lasting and detrimental impact upon our offspring and us. At this point I began to wonder if McGhee had undertaken some clinical training but then I learnt of her coaching skills! And what a coach she must be! Feelings, behaviours, emotions and managing change are interwoven with clear-cut, practical management.

To me, this book is more than a guide. It is a MUST READ for all parents contemplating separation and divorce. For those of you already divorced it will help you to continue to sail the `sometimes' stormy seas of separation.

Well-done Christina! Your work will support millions to deal with parenting apart. You describe your book as "a practical and empowering guide to raising happy and secure children after divorce or separation" to me it's even more!

Psychotherapist/Clinical Supervisor/Researcher/Writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helped me get my head round co parenting 30 Nov 2013
By latino
I found this book really helpful and inspiring. Even if your ex wants to behave differently, it gives you well thought out responses that you can use. I love the quotes especially love you child more than you hate your ex, words to live by!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK OF REFERENCE 25 Jan 2012
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Excellent Book written in a very clear, non-didactic style. A superb reference book for both parents and professionals. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will really improve childhoods 14 Sep 2011
I thoroughly recommend this book as both a parent and family lawyer.

Christina acknowledges at the outset that it's not easy parenting apart but goes on to give practical advice that takes into account the age of the children and relationship between the parents (from very acrimonious to non-existent!). She's very frank - "Do you love your children more than you hate your ex?". She has a real insight into how hard it can be and most importantly is full of really sensible suggestions without being patronising.

She includes practical examples that any parent can relate to and compares the effect different approaches will have on children depending on their age.

Her advice should enable separated parents to appreciate that arguing about principles (whether through courts or otherwise) eg shared care isn't necessarily going to benefit the children. What is important is that children have two homes in which they are happy and relaxed and do not spend what should be the best years of their life feeling confused by pressure and arguments between the two most important people in their lives.

There's a lot to take in but it's a book to stay on the shelf and be dipped into as your children get older and your own or ex's circumstances change, be it a geographical move or introduction of a new partner.

Whether you are about to separate or have lived apart for years this book is full of tips that will enable and empower. Congratulations Christina on a book that will really improve childhoods.
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