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Does Wednesday Mean Mom's House or Dad's?: Parenting Together while Living Apart
     

Does Wednesday Mean Mom's House or Dad's?: Parenting Together while Living Apart

by Marc J. Ackerman
 

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"Dr. Ackerman appeals to the intellect and the heart. His book has the potential to change how parents view divorce—from their children's vantage point." —Margorie Engel Author of the Divorce Decisions Workbook and the Divorce Help Sourcebook

". . . gives clear, practical guidelines to all parents who are wrestling with the pangs of separation and

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"Dr. Ackerman appeals to the intellect and the heart. His book has the potential to change how parents view divorce—from their children's vantage point." —Margorie Engel Author of the Divorce Decisions Workbook and the Divorce Help Sourcebook

". . . gives clear, practical guidelines to all parents who are wrestling with the pangs of separation and divorce." —Lita Linzer Schwartz, PhD, ABPP Distinguished Professor Emerita Pennsylvania State University Coauthor, Painful Partings: Divorce and Its Aftermath

Divorce is tough for everyone involved, but it can be especially devastating for children. Ultimately, how children are affected depends on how parents conduct themselves during this trying time. Written by a psychologist and child custody expert, this book coaches you on what to expect during divorce, and how to act in your children's best interest. "Does Wednesday Mean Mom's House or Dad's?" won't tell you how to "win" custody battles (a contest nobody ever really wins), but it will show you how to work with your spouse in order to effectively parent together while living apart.

Dr. Ackerman coaches you on every aspect of the divorce, custody, and co-parenting process. You'll learn how to help your children deal with their feelings about the divorce, and handle the changes in their lives. You'll also get a wealth of practical information on what to expect in the legal process, the ins and outs of various custody arrangements and visitation plans, and how to avoid the pitfalls of parenting from a distance.

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Margorie Engel
Dr. Ackerman appeals to the intellect and the heart. His book has the potential to change how parents view divorce—from their children's vantage point.
Lita Linzer Schwartz
. . . gives clear, practical guidelines to all parents who are wrestling with the pangs of separation and divorce.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clinical psychologist and child custody expert Ackerman presents a practical guide for divorcing parents, emphasizing that the well-being of the children involved is always more important than the concept of winning. When children are part of the picture, divorce doesn't mean the end of a couple's relationship. Instead, divorcing couples must establish new ground rules in order to remain good parents even while living apart. In advising divorcing parents on how to get along, Ackerman explains how to create a flexible visitation schedule that allows children a sense of home and permanence, suggests ways to tell the children about the divorce (preferably, together) and tells how parents can maintain communication without making a child feel like "the monkey in the middle." The author uses examples from his practice to bring his points to life (e.g., the child who decided where to spend the night based on which parent was serving French fries; the parents who ended up in a brawl at their daughter's parent-teacher conference). Ackerman's practical solutions call for parents' willingness to be cooperative and flexible (such as sharing rather than alternating holidays, or allowing a former spouse unscheduled time to attend a special event with the child). Sections on attorneys and legal matters are also included. This is a useful resource to help parents reason their way through the eventuality-or prospect-of divorce. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471130482
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

MARC J. ACKERMAN, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and expert on child custody. He maintains a counseling and consulting practice in Milwaukee, and is the author of three books for psychologists and lawyers on the subject of child custody. Dr. Ackerman has worked with thousands of divorcing families, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and on national television and radio talk shows.

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