Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?

A Guide to Parenting Through Divorce

Anthony E. Wolf

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Definitive advice from the author of the bestselling "Get out of my life".

Divorce, argues Anthony E. Wolf, does not have to do long-term damage to a child. In his groundbreaking new book, he shows parents how to steer children through the pain and the complex feelings engendered by divorce, feelings that, if not resolved, can create continuing problems for a child. Wolf also explains how to deal with the difficult issues that so frequently accompany a divorce. How do you tell your child about the divorce? How do you keep your children from being caught between you and your ex-partner? What do you do if that other parent gradually fades out of their lives? Or, how do you maintain strong ties with your children if you are not the primary custodial parent? How do you help them cope with new living arrangements, as well as stepparents or stepsiblings?

"Why did you have to get a divorce?" is filled with stories that parents will recognize with relief. Positive, at times even funny, and, above all, effective, this guide will speak directly to divorcing and divorced parents.

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Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?
1Breaking the NewsTHEIR FIRST REACTIONI used to live with my family in a house that traveled through the air. And I never was afraid, because my house was big and strong. But today I heard a big crack and suddenly the house broke in two. Looking down over the edge, there was just empty space and I was very scared. 
Children's first reaction to the news of their parents' divorce will most often be simple and straightforward. 
What's going to happen? Am I going to be okay? I'm scared.

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“When you read this book, you will think Dr. Wolf has been camping out at your house and taking notes. His insight into what children go through during separation or divorce, combined with his practical advice for parents, adds up to an immensely readable and useful book for a difficult time. It will make you feel there is hope that your children can survive the ordeal, and even thrive.” – Pamela Abrams, Editor in Chief, Child

“A welcome balance to the many negative views about the effects of divorce on children. I believe that parents will find this guide to be helpful, honest, reassuring and realistic.” – Fran Litman, Director, Center for Parenting Studies, Wheelock College

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About the Author

Anthony E. Wolf

Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist. He has worked with children and adolescents for almost thirty years and lectures frequently on parenting topics. He lives in Suffield, Connecticut.

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Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?
A Guide to Parenting Through Divorce
Anthony E. Wolf

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
August 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374525682
ISBN10: 0374525684
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$18.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
August 1998
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ISBN: 9781466824249
ISBN10: 1466824247
256 pages
$7.99
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