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Publisher's Summary

An internationally renowned authority on children and divorce reveals the latest research-based strategies for helping children survive and thrive before, during, and long after their parents divorce. The breakup of a family can have an enduring impact on children. But as Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll explains with clarity and compassion in this powerful book, parents can positively alter the immediate and long-term effects of divorce on their children. The key is proven, emotionally intelligent parenting strategies that promote children's emotional health, resilience, and ability to lead satisfying lives. Over the past three decades, Pedro-Carroll has worked with families in transition, conducted research, and developed and directed award- winning, court-endorsed programs that have helped thousands of families navigate divorce and its aftermath. Now she shares practical, research- based advice that helps parents:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what their children are experiencing
  • Develop emotionally intelligent parenting strategies with the critical combination of boundless love and appropriate limits on behavior
  • Reduce conflict with a former spouse and protect children from conflict's damaging effects
  • Learn what recent brain research reveals about stress and children's developing capabilities

Putting Children First delivers a positive vision for a future of hope and healing.

©2010 JoAnne Pedro-Carroll (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"I am proud to recommend Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll's new book, Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce. It is very readable, but incorporates a vast amount of research as well as the author's own extensive clinical experience. Today, when so many children suffer the problems created by their parent's divorce, parents and the professionals who work with them during the transitions relating to divorce will find this book a great guide to helping their children cope more successfully."-Robert J. Haggerty, M.D. former president of The W. T. Grant Foundation and The American Academy of Pediatrics

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PERFECT RESOURCE FOR SEPARATED/DIVORCED

I absolutely love this book! It is thorough in dissecting all the Dynamics of the emotions, behaviors, and results of your separation or divorce as it affects the entire family. It is helpful in teaching you how to manage yourself as a parent in a difficult situation as well as be attentive and understanding to what your children are experiencing through the same traumatic experience. it helped me to understand that a business-like plan in dealing with how we parent our children even though separated will you the best overall results for not only the children but ourselves. It helps us to be able to focus on the main thing and keep conflict to a minimum if at all possible. when married to a narcissist that can be very challenging as you are fighting to get your power back and keep your sanity, but if you realize that you can only manage yourself and your expectations and do what's best for the children at all times, it takes a lot of stress out of the uphill battle.

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Divorcing the "correct" Way

I have been divorced for fours years and we still run into obstacles. I think if I had listened to this years ago it would have prevented amateur mistakes. It reassured me that our parenting plan is appropriate and it enlightened me to the effects of divorce on child and adult relationships. Unlike other divorce books I have listened to I didn't experience bouts of shame. This book was more "how to do divorce and raise children of divorce correctly".

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very helpful and useful information.

the book was very helpful and useful. only lacking point was how to integrate your new significant other.

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highly recommended for any divorce with kids

excellent insights into understanding the kids experience during divorce. I'm listening for a second time

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Hard but timely read

Very focused at keeping focus on what is right for the kids while your world is falling apart around you during a divorce.

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