Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Divorce is a difficult time for a family and can impact a student in many ways.  When a family is experiencing change, the student may often internalize their feelings and begin to feel like separation and divorce is their fault.  It's important that the adults around them can listen and validate their feelings, answer any questions, and remind them that conflict between parents is not their fault. Divorce can be a tricky topic to talk about, so I have included a list of books and resources families can use to help their child have a better understanding of divorce and separation.  

PreK - 1st Grade
"Dinosaurs Divorce" (1988) Marc Brown and Laurie Kwasny Brown
"Two Homes" (2003) by Claire Masurel

Grades 2-3
"At Daddy's on Saturdays"  (1987) by Linda Walvoord Girard.

Grades 4-5
"Don't Fall Apart on Saturdays" (2000) by Adolph Moser, Ed.D
"What in the World do you do when your Parents Divorce? A Survival Guide for Kids" (2001) by Kent Winchester and Roberta Beyer.

Grades 7-8 and beyond
"Divorce is not the End of the World: Zoe and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids" (2008) by Zoe and Evan Stern

...Many other titles can be found at your local library.

                                                            Non-Profit Counseling Referrals

Kenneth Young Center
1001 Rohlwing Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 524-8800

Elk Grove Township Youth Services
401 W Golf Rd
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
(847) 981-0373

Omni Youth Services
1111 W Lake Cook Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Maine Center
819 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 696-1570

Other potential sources for referrals:
You may choose to consult with your child’s physician.
You may choose to consult with your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if offered at your place of employment.