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The Power of Showing Up by Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

What’s the one thing a parent can do to make the most difference to their child in the long term? The research is clear: be present, show up!


When Families Blend by Sophia Rantzau

When a parents relationship is coming to an end or they are entering into a new relationship, many situations can and do arise. This handbook provides guidance to enable parents to firstly, recognise these common situations and secondly, how they could manage them.

The Handover Book by  Ashley Palmer and  Moriarty Leigh

The Handover Book is a unique and simple communication book for separated families. It will allow them both to always be aware of what is happening in their children’s busy lives as they go from one household to another. It’s a way of communicating the important things they both need to know about their children, while keeping your relationship as parents friendly and calm.


Parenting Handbook by Dr Sarah Mundy

This Parenting Handbook provides information on the importance of storytelling and the attachment relationship and includes practical suggestions on how you can support your child’s emotional and behavioural development throughout their early years, and beyond.


How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids by Christina McGhee

In Parenting Apart divorce coach Christina McGhee offers practical advice on how to help children adjust and thrive during and after separation and divorce. She looks at all the different issues parents may face with their children of different ages, offering immediate solutions to the most critical parenting problems divorce brings.


Raising Well-Adjusted and Resilient Kids from Little Ones to Young Adults Through Divorce or Separation by Karen Bonnell

The Co-Parents’ Handbook helps parents confidently take on the challenges of raising children when they live in separate homes. Addressing parents’ questions about the emotional impact of separation, conflict, grief, and recovery, the author skillfully provides a roadmap for all members of the family to constructively navigate through separation/divorce and beyond.


The Co-parenting Survival Guide: Letting Go of Conflict After a Difficult Divorce by Jeffrey Zimmerman

This book helps parents in the aftermath of divorce learn to sustain a healthy co-parenting relationship. “Conflict and Parenting” explores parental conflict and its effects on children, conflict resolution, and the importance of forging a co-parenting relationship.


Calm Parents Happy Kids by Dr Laura Markham

Most parenting books focus on changing a child’s behaviour, but the truth is that children only change when their relationship with their parents changes. In Calm Parents, Happy Kids, Dr Laura Markham introduces an approach to parenting that eliminates threats, power struggles and manipulation, in favour of setting limits with empathy and communication

Cafcass Parenting Plan

The Parenting Plan is a written plan worked out between parents after they separate and it covers the practical issues of parenting. The Plan can help clarify the arrangements you need to put in place to care for your children after separation, without having to go to court. It can help you in dealings with your children’s other parent or carer, and it asks parents to put the best interests of their children first.


Mindful Co-parenting: A Child-Friendly Path through Divorce by Jeremy Gaies/James Morris

Mindful Co-Parenting provides divorced parents a practical way through the process that protects their children. In this compact, step-by-step guide, written in a supportive yet direct style the authors identify what matters most to kids and describe the importance of parents being mindful of their children’s needs and wants.


Joint Custody With A Jerk by Julie Ross

“Joint Custody with a Jerk” offers many proven communication techniques that help divorced parents with a difficult ex-husband or ex-wife.


Co-parenting with a Toxic Ex: What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn the Kids Against You by Amy Baker & Paul Fine.

There’s no question about it: your children are the most important thing in your life. But if you have gone through a messy divorce, your relationship with your children may become strained if you have to deal with a toxic ex.


Co-Parenting Works!: Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce by Tammy Daughtry.

What if your child’s “life-after-divorce” could be better than you’ve hoped for? As the post-divorce dust settles, your child’s chances of leading a healthy, successful life are directly linked to how you and your former spouse relate.


Putting Children First by Joanne Pedro-Carroll.

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.


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