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The Guide for Separated Parents: Putting Children First Paperback – 3 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074994000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749940003
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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...quite simply, the best book on separation that we have ever read. Both the authors work at the Centre for Separated Families and have a wealth of experience with this client group. In this clever book - and its associated 'Parenting Plan s' booklet - they guide both mothers and fathers (they have a real understanding of the needs and experiences of both sexes) through the emotional and practical journey of separation and its aftermath. Their explicit aim is to help parents 'put their children first', but the authors know this cannot be achieved until both father and mother can manage and understand their own feelings. Sensitive, practical, beautifully written, we believe this book should be REQUIRED READING for all professionals working in this field; and should always be offered to separating and separated mothers and fathers (Fatherhood Institute)

The book is clearly set out and the chapters logically and thoroughly explore all the issues that might arise before reaching a conclusion with sound advice on each topic (Parenting Without Tears)

When the authors of a book have been through the scenario and actually run a centre for Separated Families, you know you can trust the content and benefit from the knowledge shared. With family separations being part of today's society, it is important that the children's lives are affected only in a positive way and this can be achieved. It does, however, take a lot of hard work and this is where the book becomes an invaluable tool in the whole process. There could be a tendency to preach but the book focuses on the positive aspects of working together and show light at the end of what can seem a very long tunnel. If you are in this situation, it is great to read this book and know that a happy medium can be reached (From Bump to Grump)

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Skills and advice for building co-operative arrangements for sharing care of children

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This is a brilliant book which helped me through a difficult time - not least helping me understand how my ex felt, and have sympathy for her, despite all the awful things she had done
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I work with a lot of separated or separating parents. We have to acknowledge that the vast majority of parents want to protect their children from the effects of divorce but find the advice of well meaning emotive friends confusing and the demands of the legal system and financial considerations damaging. This book enables parents to priortise the needs of their children and consider their own health and well being during extremely stressful times.
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Bought this for my Son who is experiencing difficulties with past relationships. He's found the book a great source of guidance and support.
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I found this book really helpful and not just with the children in mind, it also helped with emotions/feeling the parents go through. At first I skimmed the book all the way through and know that I will refer to it again and again when specific issues arise.
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I felt the book was easy to read with useful advice tried and tested by the authors, supported by anecdotes from client's personal stories regarding relationship breakup, stages to recovery and how to support children through a difficult and emotional time.
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Great advice for a very tricky area. The book helped me gain a reasoned, pragmatic perspective and to rise above the selfishness and petty resentments that can get in the way of dealing with issues relating to children while hurting from a breakup. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone separating (to get an appreciation and 'heads up') or for those already separated to keep an even keel. Those in the counselling profession could probably pick up a tip or two also. It definitely helped my perspective a huge amount and gave me clear suggestions on what works and to 'putting the children first'. Quite invaluable. Thank you to the Woodall's.
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An excellent support for all parents, not just separated ones. Even in the most amicable of situations this highlights the need for parents, grandparents and all other extended family members to remember that children are innocent and will always love both parents regardless of personality or actions. Also good tips on how to keep communicating even in the most painful of situations.
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I work professionally with families and children. This is, in my opinion, the best book for separating parents that is on the market. It focuses absolutely on the needs of the children and it REALLY understands both the positions of mothers and fathers, which are quite different.
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