A Manual to help Divorcing Parents

Nadir Baksh Psy.D. and Laurie Murphy, Ph.D.

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A long overdue guide to help assist parents in minimizing the damage

to their children before, during and after divorce. Children have

only one set of biological parents and those relationships need

to be preserved and supported. This book should be required

reading before commencing divorce proceedings.

– George McLain, M.D.

Tells me now what common sense should have told me back

when emotional trauma clouded good judgment. This is a

parent’s guidebook, especially for those too close to see

beyond the parents’ issues to value the child.

– Carole Balmer , Former Deputy Mayor and

Committeewoman, Holmdel Township, New Jersey

Finally, a book with such a wealth of information and advice on such a huge topic relating to divorce, and written in a style that anyone in this situation can relate to. It is a “must read” for all family members involved in a divorce. It is both healing and enlightening!
– Robyn Mendez, parent, Stuart, Florida

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This book is a manual for parents who are divorcing.  Written by a licensed clinical forensic psychologist and a Ph.D.nurse/counselor its purpose is to help parents save their children unnecessary anguish throughout the divorce process.

The advice and direction contained here are eminently practical-detailing what adults can expect from a custody battle; what they will encounter in themselves and in their children (emotionally, physically, mentally) during divorce; helping parents to make sense out of their children’s questions; offering guidance in making decisions for themselves and their kids; and explaining the ultimate importance of putting the child’s needs first.

What makes this book different and invaluable is that the authors refuse to take a sugar-coated or willy-nilly approach.  They have witnessed, firsthand, too much pain an suffering in families during divorce to hold back their strong, direct words and warnings.  “We are not afraid to take a stand,” they declare up front.  “In fact, we believe it is our duty to underscore the needs of your children so they don’t get lost or disappear underneath legal paperwork.”  While they fully understand that adults do not set out to cause damage to their children, they also know that any divorce, if not handled properly, will absolutely cause serious problems to children.  Such “proper handling” must include a strategically-planned blueprint that maps out a child’s need for emotional health and well-being.  In The Best Interest Of The Child guides the divorcing adults in the drafting of such a blueprint.  Without it, they plead, “your children’s lives will quickly stagnate or suffocate in the mire and muck created by spousal mud-slinging and attorney-posturing.”

The tone of the book, while uncompromising, also generates strong credibility for the author’s words, and easily inspires confidence in their readers.  Years of experience as therapists and family counselors allow the authors to present their material with authority, sanity and genuine wisdom.

Topics covered include: what to expect when you are divorcing; the stress and fear that children take on; the need for extra vigilance and care toward children;  softening or preventing the custody “battle”; the hidden needs of children; and dealing with an uncooperative spouse.

Includes numerous case studies that highlight aspects of the divorce process and the needs of children.  A bibliography and list of referral services is also included.

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A Manual for Parenting

Your Teenagers

In You Don’t Know Anything...!: A Manual for Parenting Your Teenagers, we will take into consideration those ages between twelve and eighteen, ending at the general time at which most teens matriculate to college or independent living, although twenty years of age is more commonly thought of as the demarcation into adulthood.

The teen years are filled with many intellectual and physiological changes involving growth spurts, developmental achievements, the appearance of secondary sex characteristics and questions of sexual identity. Equally as important, but less often mentioned, is the recognition that adolescence is also a time of “feeling” unparalleled in any other stage. Your son or daughter is feeling the possibilities that exist in a world just opening up to him or her and suffering the fears that come with breaking away from the warm dependency of the core family to venture into the un- known. Your child’s adolescence will be marked by the longing to turn back to simpler times without responsibility, together with the urge to march forward, armed with little more than dreams of what might be. This book is designed to encourage in you a deeper appreciation of their challenges.


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Nadir Baksh Psy.D. and Laurie Murphy, Ph.D.

Nadir Baksh Psy.D. and Laurie Murphy, Ph.D.