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My Changing Family: A Guide to Help Young Children Cope with Divorce by Maureen Sangiorgio is written from the viewpoint of Logan, a ten-year-old boy who speaks about the divorce of his parents. He is scared his parents are going to live in different houses but he knows there will be no more fights. He knows he will be living with his mother during the week and his father during weekends. The book gives tips about how to keep the lines of communication open with children and will help to minimize the stress and challenge of these conversations. The questions and answers in the book are also excellent tools to give parents greater perception about what can be expected when it comes to adjusting to their living situations.
The topic is relevant and the author tackles it with expertise and in a simple way that can be understood and applied easily. The book will also help parents to be alert when it comes to recognizing signs of distress in their child or children. It is not always easy to talk to children about divorce and this book gives good suggestions on how to go about it in a manner where children can deal with it constructively. The author does not make it complicated for readers and reading My Changing Family will actually make it better for many children whose parents are going through a divorce. Maureen Sangiorgio also gives the top ten most common reasons for a divorce, thereby helping many readers know where they need counseling in their marriage instead of breaking up.