Children of Divorce: Play and Get Unstuck!

Help your child cope with the challenges of divorce through a fun and interactive video game, designed specifically for children of divorce and legal separation.
Earthquake in Zipland takes your child on an exciting adventure that will enable you to sensitively deal with the psychological effects of divorce on children.
Play therapy video games rebuild communication between a child and his/her divorced parents. Parenting after divorce begins with helping a child open up and adjust to the new reality. As such, Earthquake in Zipland is also a complementary tool for professional child therapy, bibliotherapy and the like… …

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[29 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Telling Your Kids About the Divorce: Tips for a Necessary Conversation

Parents who are in a separation or divorce process often feel understandable feelings of overwhelm and trepidation about telling their children what is happening. Still, children greatly benefit when they receive accurate and clear information; without facts, they may answer their own questions and fill the void with inaccuracies and assumptions.
Each family’s conversation will be unique and individual. However, there are some general tips that will apply to all families preparing for this dialogue. Here are some of them:
1. Plan the conversation in advance and decide which parent will say what in the conversation.
2. Have …

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[15 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Divorce Doesn’t Hurt? Actually…It Does.

By Carolyn via TheGrownUpChild
Have you ever agreed with someone on a topic only to realize later, after closer consideration that you didn’t agree at all, and you wish wish wish you could go back in time and change your answer?
Just me?  Oh.
As a guest on the online radio show Coparenting Matters, one of the co-hosts Talibah asked me this question (I’m paraphrasing): “Would you agree that it’s not divorce itself but how parents can conduct themselves after divorce that hurts children?”
It’s an interesting question and something that I’ve heard before and yet never carefully considered.
It sounded …

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[26 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]

Unfortunately, child custody battles are often part of bitter divorces. If you and your spouse can’t reach an agreement about custody, you need to prepare yourself in the event that your custody case goes to trial.
Today, it can no longer be assumed that the mother will get custody of the children. Instead, what judges consider during a custody trial is based on the “best interests of the child”, and they try to give custody to the parent who will provide the best environment and upbringing for the children.
To win your child custody case, you will …

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[23 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

Coping With Separation and Divorce May Leave Guys Angry and Lonely

Half of all marriages end in divorce and that number is even higher for second marriages. Many articles, studies, and family members are concerned about how women cope with divorce, but, sometimes, it seems like divorced men are being ignored.
Divorce for Men
In reality, men usually have bigger emotional adjustment problems with divorce than women do. The causes are:

Loss of intimacy
Loss of social connection
Reduced finances

And, while men often complain about the money (spousal maintenance, child support, loss of assets), this is probably because it is easier …

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[28 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
7 Ways to Beat Depression After a Divorce

Divorce is the second most stressful life event, preceded only by the death of a spouse. And what is stress capable of? Expediting a severe bout of depression and anxiety to your limbic system (the brain’s emotional center) if you’re not careful. Acute and chronic stress, especially, undermine both emotional and physical health. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior suggests that divorced or widowed people have 20 percent more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer than married people.
Another study in Psychological Science claimed …

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[2 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

“Broken home.” This is a derogatory label that causes much pain and misunderstanding. Too often, children living in single parent households have to contend with negative stereotypes and hurtful remarks made by Insensitive adults. Regardless of whether the single parent family exists as a result of divorce or death of the other parent, the child is clearly not responsible for the circumstances.
However, it is the child who often pays the price: the child who has to write an essay because a parent cannot afford Back to School night, the child who has to sit on …