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When Parents Part: How Mothers and Fathers Can Help Their Children Deal With Separation and Divorce
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date May 12, 2015
Pages 245
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781101874042
ISBN-10 110187404X
Dimensions 1.10 by 6.60 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the acclaimed, best-selling author of Your Baby & Child and one of the world’s leading experts on child development and parenting, a practical, comprehensively researched guide to doing the best for your child during and after separation or divorce. 

Recent research clarifies why parents—fathers as much as mothers—are so crucial to children of all ages and how their separation can turn children’s lives upside down.  Drawing on the latest scientific findings, as well as on her many years of professional and personal work with children, Penelope Leach describes how parents can minimize the impact of separation and divorce on children through the six stages of a child’s life, from infancy to adulthood. She helps parents find ways to continue being fathers and mothers when they are no longer husbands and wives. She explains recent studies that overturn numerous common assumptions, revealing, for example, that many standard custody arrangements can undermine young children’s attachment to parents and in the case of infants even negatively affect their brain development; that unless infants and toddlers are already closely attached to both parents, regular overnights with the noncustodial parent may be damaging; and that dividing a child’s time equally between the parents may be “fair” to them but seldom is best for the child. And, throughout, Leach grounds her approach with anecdotal evidence presented in the voices of children and parents themselves.

Leach’s child-centered advice, profoundly thoughtful and thorough, tackles the issues from every angle—emotional, scientific, psychological, practical, legal—covering everything from access, custody, and financial considerations to managing separate sets of technology in two houses. Above all she is insistent that for the sake of their future development, the needs of children must be put first. She is persuasively clear that mutual parenting, while seldom easy, is the best way forward for both the parents and the children.

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Hardcover
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (May 12, 2015)
9781101874042 | details & prices | 245 pages | 6.60 × 9.50 × 1.10 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $24.95
About: From the acclaimed, best-selling author of Your Baby & Child and one of the world’s leading experts on child development and parenting, a practical, comprehensively researched guide to doing the best for your child during and after separation or divorce.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (October 18, 2016)
9781101872192 | details & prices | 272 pages | List price $16.00
About: Using the latest scientific research in child development, Penelope Leach, author of the best-selling Your Baby & Child, details the effects of divorce on children in five stages of life—infants, toddlers, primary-school children, teenagers, and young adults—some of whom are far more deeply affected than previously thought.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Fran Tunno (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (May 12, 2015)
9781504616423 | details & prices | 6.00 × 5.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $34.95
About: Using the latest scientific research in child development, Penelope Leach covers the various effects of divorce on children in five stages of life: infants, toddlers/preschoolers, primary school children, teenagers, and college students.
With Fran Tunno (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (May 12, 2015)
9781504616416 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Using the latest scientific research in child development, Penelope Leach covers the various effects of divorce on children in five stages of life: infants, toddlers/preschoolers, primary school children, teenagers, and college students.

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