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September 5, 2017

Recent family related news included an in-depth look into the effect of divorce on children, advice to parents to ask for emotional support when divorcing, research concerning divorce and grandparents, a personal account of a divorced couple coming together to create a smooth college drop off for their son and finally the benefits of “home visits” to help parents raise healthy kids.

Children After Divorce Avigail Rosenberg, JA Mag, Spring 2017 For kids of divorce, their parents’ decision to separate, as well-intentioned or unpreventable as it may be, means that life will never be the same again…In the best of circumstances, the kids are going to have parents in two places; perhaps they’ll have two homes.

How Parents Can Reduce The Impact Of Divorce On Their Kids (And How To Know If They’re Struggling) Amy, Packham, July 27, 2017, HuffPost UK Both parents have an important role to play to ensure their children are supported through the divorce…If parents are struggling, it is important that third party help is sought when needed – it exists and parents should not be embarrassed or afraid to use it.

Broken Families, Broken Hearts: The Grandparents’ Guide to Divorce Ted Lewis, Special to The Advocate, July 31, 2017 Even before a divorce, grandparents often wind up raising their grandchildren. In 2012, 2.7 million American grandparents were the primary caretakers of grandchildren living with them, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And that number has been growing.

Johnny Goes to College Laurie Lindeen, The New York Times, August, 25, 2017 I am about to travel cross-country in a fully loaded station wagon with my ex-husband. We are taking our only child to college in Colorado, where he will be starting his first year, and we are doing this as a family. We are not the winners of our neighborhood’s competition for the best divorce, but we’re on the same page when it comes to parenting.

Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children Anna Gorman, NPR, August 21, 2017 Studies have shown that home visiting programs get results – they help reduce child abuse and neglect and improve child and maternal health, for example. Researchers say home visiting also saves money that would otherwise be spent later on the child welfare system, special education, medical care and other services.

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