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This Love Is Forever
Sometimes as a parent, there are issues and subjects that I’m not quite sure how to address. My husband and I discuss the best way to talk to our kids about these subjects and try to keep it simple for them. Obviously the subject of the baby has come up a lot and my 7 year old has had lots of questions. What about other topics though, where it doesn’t seem so black and white? Take the topic of divorce for example. Although my husband and I have been happily married for 9 years, I have siblings that have gone through divorce so naturally questions have come up. We went to visit my sister one day, and I told my son that his cousins were visiting their dad in another state. He seemed confused because my sister is remarried. I told him that they had 2 dads that loved them very much but wasn’t sure how to explain it from there.
This Love is Forever is a book for children of divorce and their parents, written by Mavis Prall Cohen. It’s a simple and beautifully illustrated book that outlines why some parents get divorced. It puts a big emphasis on children and how they are not the cause and both parents still love them very much. I think a lot of times in divorce, kids will blame themselves and wonder what they did wrong. This book lets them know that sometimes things just don’t work out with mommies and daddies, but that doesn’t mean it’s the child’s fault or that they don’t love them. The book is very straightforward and easy to understand, which makes it easy to read and explain even to young kids.
The author has personal experience with divorce as she was a child of divorce and also had to explain her divorce to her 3 year old when she went through one. She found that positive messages helped her focus on her child’s well being and that’s exactly what this book is, a positive message for parents and children.
Lizzie Prall, Mavis’ daughter is the illustrator of the book. I love that mother and daughter worked on this book together and the simple but powerful message. At the end of the book, there are 10+ pages that allow your child to express creativity a drawn pictures of your own family.
Have you ever had to explain divorce to your child? How did you go about it?