I think parents that are going through a divorce often need more guidance and help than what the courts suggest or impose on them. I know many states require parents to go through “parenting” classes so to speak but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a resource for families that was far less complicated and explained things for families in the simplest of terms?
I received This Love is Forever by Mavis Prall Cohen as review book. I opted in to review this book because I was a child of divorce (more like a teen) and the book seemed like it was something that my family could’ve used some twenty plus years ago.
I was right. I really wish this was a book my parents had on hand for my younger brothers and sister. While I understood much of what was happening to our family, I know it was hard for my brothers (ages 4 and 5) to grasp it. This Love is Forever speaks to children whose parents are going through a divorce and without speculation or finger pointing, gets to the heart of what matters in terms of divorce: that love is forever and you (the child) are not to blame for what was happening. Cohen wrote the book after her own divorce and her young daughter’s questions about why this happened to their family.
I especially enjoyed how the book didn’t provide a lot of detail on divorce or the whys of it but instead really kept repeating in a number of ways that children are loved and that the best thing to happen to the parents is the child.
Let’s face it; divorces are often messy and widely unpleasant and the people who seem to suffer the most through it are the kids. This Love is Forever aims to calm their fears about divorce and send them the message that while things change; one thing will stay constant and that’s the parents love.
Ideally I would suggest This Love is Forever for kids age 4-8; any younger than that and I think the message will go over a child’s head and any older than that and you begin to underestimate what a child knows and understands. Parents especially are encouraged to read this book with their children (oh heck, I would even suggest on their own as means to remind them) that no matter what is happening – they need to send a message of love to their child during the divorce process.
The book is illustrated by the Lizzie the author’s daughter that I would think appeals to the simplistic nature of the book and the audience it’s intended for. This is the kind of book that you gift a grown up friend going through a divorce and ask that they read it with their child because even if things seem good on the surface, kids still need that reassurance of love from mom and dad.
I encourage you to find out more at This Love is Forever website.
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