Some Recommended Books from Other Long Distance Parents

Every now and then, someone in the Long Distance Parent group on Facebook recommends a book that helped them with a particular situation. I try to keep track of them so that I can share them more widely. These are books that another long distance parent read and found helpful in their tough situations :

Divorce Poison New and Updated Edition: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing by Dr. Richard A Warshak
It’s rated 5 stars with 164 reviews and the book description on amazon says:

“Your ex-spouse is bad mouthing you to your children, constantly portraying you in a negative light, perhaps even trying to turn them against you. If you handle the situation ineffectively, your relationship with your children could suffer. You could lose their respect, lose their affections-even, in extreme cases, lose all contact with them. The conventional advice is to do nothing, that fighting fire with fire will only result in greater injury to the children. But after years of consulting parents who heeded such advice with no success, Dr. Richard Warshak is convinced that this approach is wrong. It doesn’t work, and parents are left feeling helpless and hopeless. DIVORCE POISON instead offers a blueprint for effective response. In it, you will learn how to distinguish different types of criticism, how and why parents manipulate their children, how to detect these maneuvers, and how these practices damage children. Most importantly, you’ll discover powerful strategies to preserve and rebuild loving relationships with your children.”

A Mother Apart: How to Let Go of Guilt and Find Happiness Living Apart from Your Child by Sarah Hart
It’s rated 3.5 stars (by only three people though) and the book description on amazon says :

“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.”

Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex- A Hands-on, Practical Guide to Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse by Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran
It is rated 3.5 stars from 55 reviews and the book description on amazon says :

“It’s a fact that parenting is hard enough in a family where two parents love and respect each other… After divorce, when the respect has diminished and the love has often turned to intense dislike, co-parenting can be nearly impossible, driving one or both parents to the brink of insanity. Joint Custody with a Jerk offers many proven communication techniques that help you deal with your difficult ex-husband or ex-wife. By outlining common problems and teaching tools to examine your own role in these sticky situations, this book conveys strategies for effective mediation that are easy to apply, sensible, timely and innovative.

This revised edition of a bestselling classic sheds light on how today’s digital forms of communication can both hurt and help in custody conflicts, and offers updated information throughout that brings age-old issues into the present day.”

Dinosaurs Divorce (A Guide for Changing Families) by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown
This book is rated 4 stars with 71 reviews and the book description on amazon says :

“Dinosaurs Divorce Will Help you Understand: * Divorce Words and What They Mean * Why Parents Divorce * What About You? * 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 Stepsisters and Stepbrothers.”

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