I find the distance parent discussion group to be an endless source of inspiration. Every now and then, someone in the group will recommend a book that helped them with a particular situation. I try to keep a list of recommended books so that I can share them more widely.
These are are three books that another long distance parent read and found helpful in their tough situations.
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DIVORCE POISON is a time-tested work that gives parents powerful strategies to preserve and rebuild loving relationships with their children-and provides practical advice from legal and mental-health professionals to help their clients and safeguard the welfare of children. Whether they are perpetrators of divorce poison, victims of it, or both, parents who heed Dr. Warshak’s advice will enable their children to maintain love and respect for their parents-even if their parents no longer love and respect each other.book description from Amazon
Women who find themselves living separate from their children usually feel isolated, unheard, and stigmatized by friends, relatives, and society at large. Finally, here is a resource for this ever-growing population of women. A Mother Apart provides deep insight and practical support to women as they struggle to find ways to adjust to living apart from their children. The helpful perspectives light the path on the way to understanding the nature of guilt and other paralyzing feelings –Grieving loss and moving forward –Figuring out how to stay connected as a mother even when living independently –Making good decisions about the future –Fully developing and defining love from afarbook description from Amazon
A comprehensive, sensitive guide for changing families, Dinosaurs Divorce helps readers understand what divorce means, why it happens, and how to best cope with everyone’s feelings.book description from Amazon
Topics covered in the book include: Divorce Words and What They Mean * Why Parents Divorce * After the Divorce * Living with One Parent * Visiting Your Parent * Having Two Homes * Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions * Telling Your Friends * Meeting Parents’ New Friends * Living with Stepparents * Having Stepsiblings