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  • Baris, Mitchell A. and Carla B. Garrity. Children of Divorce: A Developmental Approach to Residence and Visitation. DeKalb, IL: Psytec Corporation, 1988.

  • Blau, Melinda. Families Apart: Ten Keys to successful Co-Parenting. Berkley Publishing Group, 1994.

  • Bell, David. Divorce: Making the Break. Los Angeles, CA: Siles Press, 2002.

  • Briggs, Dorothy C. Your Child's Self-esteem. New York, Doubleday, 1970(Dolphin Books Edition, 1975).

  • Burman, Claire. Making It As a Stepparent: New Roles / New Rules. Harper and Row, New York, 1986.

  • Carlson, Jon and Don Dinkmeyer. The Basics of Marriage. Communication and Motivation Training Institute, Inc., Coral Springs, FL, 1991.

  • Covey, Stephen R. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1990.

  • Darnall, Douglas. Divorce Casualties: Protecting Your Children from Parental Alienation. Dallas: Taylor Publishing, 1998.

  • Dreikurs, Rudolf. Children: The Challenge. E.P. Dutton, New York, 1964. (Excellent)

  • Faber, Adele and Elaine Mazlish. How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. Avon Books, New York, 1980. (The best book we know of for parents)

  • Frankl, Viktor E. Man's Search for Meaning. Washington Square Press, New York, 1963. (Personal growth for parents)
  • Francke, Linda. Growing Up Divorced. Faucet Crest, 1992.

  • Gardner, Richard. The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce. Bantam Books, 1970.

  • Gardner, Richard. The Parents Book About Divorce. Doubleday, 1977 (Revised edition, Bantam Books, 1991).

  • Gray, John. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992.

  • Johnson, L. and G. Rosenfeld. Divorced Kids. Faucett Crest, 1990.

  • Johnson, Spencer and Constance Johnson. The One Minute Teacher. Quill: William Morrow and Co., New York, 1986.

  • Kindlon, Dan and Michael Thompson. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. Ballantine Books, New York, 2000.

  • Kübler-Ross, Elizabeth. On Death and Dying. Macmillan & Co., 1969. (Understanding the process)

  • Lansky, Vickie. Vickie Lansky's Divorce Book for Parents. Bookpeddlers, Minnetonka, MN, 1996.

  • McCann, Eileen and Shannon Douglas. The Two-Step: The Dance Toward Intimacy. Grove Weidenfeld, New York, 1985. (Insight into relationships)

  • McKay, Gary D. The Basics of Anger, The Basics of Encouragement. Communication and Motivation Training Institute, Inc., Coral Springs, FL, 1992.

  • Markman, Howard, Scott Stanley and Susan L. Blumberg. Fighting for Your Marriage. Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1994.

  • Munsch, Robert. Love You Forever. Ontario: Firefly Books, 1986.

  • Nelsen, Jane. Positive Discipline. Ballantine Books, New York, 1987.

  • Nelsen, Jane, Cheryl Erwin and Carol Delzer. Positive Discipline for Single Parents. Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA, 1994.

  • Nelsen, Jane and Lynn Lott. Positive Discipline for Teenagers. Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA, 1994. Formerly I'm on Your Side.

  • Nelsen, Jane, Lynn Lott and H. Stephen Glenn. Positive Discipline A-Z. Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA 1993.

  • Neville, Helen and Diane Clark Johnson. Temperament Tools. Parenting Press, Seattle, WA, 1998.

  • Peck, M. Scott. The Road Less Traveled. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1978. (Personal growth)

  • Peck, M. Scott. The Different Drum. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1987. (Personal growth)

  • Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. Ballantine Books, 1995.

  • Ricci, Isolina. Mom's House/Dad's House. Collier Books, New York, 1980.

  • Royko, David. Voices of Children of Divorce. Golden Books Publishing Company (Adult), 1999.

  • Rusk, Tom and Patrick D. Miller. The Power of Ethical Persuasion. Penguin Books, New York, 1993.

  • Sherman, Charles E. Practical Divorce Solutions. Nolo Press, Occidental, CA, 1994. (Good pre-divorce information).

  • Thomas, Shirley. Parents are Forever. Springboard Publications, Longmont, CO, 1995.

  • Trafford, Abigail. Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life. Harper Perennial, New York, 1992.

  • Vannoy, Steven W. The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children. Simon & Schuster, 1994. (Great for focusing on Long-term Desires).

  • Vanzant, Iyanla. In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want. Simon & Schuster, 1998.

  • Wallerstein, Judith S. and Joan Berlin Kelly. Surviving the Breakup: How Parents and Children Cope with Divorce. Basic Books, New York, 1980. (A good long-term study on effects of divorce on children and parents).

  • Wallerstein, Judith S. and Sandra Blakeslee. Second Chances. Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1989.

  • Wolf, Anthony E. Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?. New York: The Noonday Press, 1991.

  • Wolf, Anthony E. It's Not Fair, Jeremy Spencer's Parents Let Him Stay Up All Night. New York: The Noonday Press, 1996.

  • Wolf, Anthony E. Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce, and When Can I Get a Hamster?. New York: The Noonday Press, 1998.

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