Whether you find yourself in a newly split family or navigating the waters of blending families together, it is good to have some tricks up your sleeve to make it all smooth. To give families who find themselves in the unique situations of a blended or split family a helping hand, here are a few e-books around co-parenting, single parenting, and blended families.
For Those Finding Themselves Co-Parenting
As far as co-parenting books go, this one has it all. It tackles all co-parenting topics ranging from how to help children transition to helping parents heal and become great co-parents. It’s filled with methods and techniques to solve daily hurdles so co-parents can work together and put their children first.
This book focuses more on how separation and divorce affect the children. It helps put parents in their child’s shoes and helps them be conscious of their child’s needs during the transition period and beyond.
For the Single Dad
Most single parenting resources focus on mom. The Single Dad’s Survival Guide aims to fix this imbalance. It helps single dads realize that they are not alone and encourages them to seek help when they need it. The book also gives insight into the many facets of raising a daughter and helps dads understand their sons better as well.
This book helps single moms regain their lives and thrive in the process. It focuses on all aspects of life from career to emotions and health to help single moms flourish in every area of their lives.
For Those Blending Their Families
With a focus on a strong marriage, this book helps couples blend their families and navigate the myriad of struggles along the way. It encourages couples not to let the little things chisel away at their new union.
Written by two stepmothers, this book gives a unique perspective on what it means to be a stepmom and all the responsibilities that go with that role. Topics covered include: setting realistic goals, finances, holidays, building a strong marriage, managing stress, and much more.
George Glass wrote this book as a guide for parents to help them successfully blend their families and work through the challenges involved. He encourages blended families to approach the transition as a process “which requires patience” from all members. This book gives tips and advice on how to communicate, forgive, and work together to build a new family in which “everyone ends up happy.”
Some Reading for Kids is Great, Too
Amber Brown’s parents divorced, so she understands what it’s like to have her world suddenly change. When her best friend, Justin, has to move far away, she tries to help him through the sadness, but he doesn’t want her help. Amber realizes that everyone handles pain in different ways. This is a touching book about the bonds of friendship and overcoming heartache from a child’s point of view.
This book is a guide for children who are in a blended family. It covers the questions, emotions, and challenges that a child goes through during the transition. Children learn that communication, patience, and “a large dollop of humor” are the most important tools for easing through the transition and beyond.
Sara Woodard-Ortiz, owner of The HeartFull Journey, is an ally for heartbroken moms who are going through separation and divorce. Her goal is to help moms love themselves during and after divorce as a way to build a foundation to attract a new, satisfying relationship. Sara lives in Danville, IL with her daughter, Olivia, and their cats, Bianca and Katniss. When Sara is not working on her business, you can find her playing Minecraft or drinking coffee at a local cafè.