Jann Blackstone, PsyD David L. Hill, MD, FAAP Co-parenting Through Separation and Divorce P U T T I N G Y O U R C H I L D R E N F I R S T How will this affect your kids? Put their needs first with advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics. As you face one of life’s most difficult transitions, divorce and child custody mediator Dr. Blackstone and pediatrician Dr. Hill offer step-by-step guidance on how to put your children first. This road map covers ■■ Communicating the news in a developmentally appropriate way ■■ Helping children cope and preventing the effects of toxic stress ■■ Shared custody and parenting plans ■■ Confronting bad-mouthing and other challenges to positive co-parenting ■■ Handling concerns about safety or abuse ■■ Remarriage and blending families ■■ Co-parenting for the long haul, through the teen years and beyond ■■ And more, with the goal of healthy, happy kids informing every step along the way Co-parenting Through Separation and Divorce AAP Jann Blackstone , PsyD David L. Hill , MD, FAAP Jann Blackstone, PsyD, is a retired child custody mediator for the superior court of California and the founder of Bonusfamilies. She is the author of 6 books on divorce, remarriage, and co-parenting and writes the nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column Ex-etiquette. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, and has 4 children—2 biological, 2 “bonus.” David L. Hill, MD, FAAP, is a pediatric hospitalist at Goldsboro Pediatrics in North Carolina and an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is the author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro and an associate medical editor of Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. He lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife and has 3 children and 2 “bonuschildren.” A direct and practical guide that talks parents through the complexities of caring for their children as families come apart, and helps them find new ways to do the best possible job as parents, going forward. —Perri Klass, MD, FAAP, author of Quirky Kids: Understanding and Supporting Your Child With Developmental Differences professor of journalism and pediatrics, New York University
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