Please be aware that these are suggested for
parent's viewing. Some are particularly intense and
are NOT intended for children. You may decide to
watch some of these with your children after you have
previewed them, as a way of opening discussion of
divorce issues. Our hope is that these videos will
give parents insight into key issues like the
futility of power struggles and revenge cycles, the
value of communication and conflict resolution
skills, stages of loss and grief, and effective
communication with children.
Bye, Bye Love. (1995) Several families coping with
divorce. Highlights fathers' concerns.
House Arrest. (1996) Children hold parents hostage
to get them to change their minds about divorce
Kramer. (1979) One of the
earliest movies to show the stress of divorce on
parents and children. Focus is on the
"tender years" guideline which resulted
in mothers being granted custody of children in
most cases. Current statutes focus on the
"best interests of children" guideline
which considers mothers and fathers equal under
the law in custody matters. INTENSE. Not
for children under 13.
Mrs. Doubtfire. (1993) Comedy with a message that
highlights the difficulties of nonresidential
Talks with Parents about Divorce. (1988) PBS Video. PBS program with
Fred Rogers and Earl Grollman talking with
parents. Check your local library for
Parent Trap. (1961, 1998) Children focus on getting
parents back together (Bargaining).
Shoot the Moon. (1982) Early stages of divorce. Watch
the oldest daughter for stages of loss and grief
and all children for developmental stages. INTENSE.
Not for children under 13.
Stepmom. (1998) Good for situations involving
new significant others. Shows possibilities for
communication between parents, and parents
talking together with children about important
War of the
Roses. (1989) Parents carry
their divorce war too far as related by an
ethical attorney. INTENSE. Not for
children under 13.
The Story of
Us. (1999) An inside look
at parents creating distance. The final
resolution is a little too easy, but the value of
history and commitment in creating that
resolution is realistic. INTENSE. Not for
children under 13.
Glenna O. Auxier