Children are in need of good vibes and a creative outlet during divorce. The Lorinda Character Education Blog offers a printable booklet to help students explore the wide range of feelings they are experiencing. It encourages children to make positive, visual connections to their feelings while making it easier to talk about them. I like how it functions as an artistic prompt!
Dr. Lori Rappaport has a fantastic handout in her GROWING UP GREAT! Series, detailing how children of different ages react to divorce. I like how she discusses recognizing distress in early and later elementary students, as well as adolescents. It largely differs across these age groups. This is a great guide for teachers who notice changing behavior in a student, and can help point them in the right direction for guidance or intervention.
Professor Amara Afifi discusses her work with adolescent students of divorce for Tedx Talks. Listen to how she changed her approach by observing the physiological reactions—including saliva! She draws on several experiences, most notably when discussing how sometimes oversharing by parents can burden children. I was intrigued by her suggestion to email parents sometimes, as opposed to speaking with them face to face, because it can help manage exchanges between parents and teachers.
Derek Lawrence helps convey the idea that being a child of divorce has its own perks, too. While it has an edgy, comical tone, it can help teachers guide students toward seeing some practical (and bright) aspects of having divorced parents. Some of the 12 points can be taken with a grain of salt, but most of them promote the idea that there is still plenty of love and care to go around from both parents. I find this to be very real, and also reassuring.
I love how this printable PDF sheet overlaps teachers and parents. This is a great interventional resource for teachers and parents to work with when discussing the child’s best interests in the classroom. For educators, it highlights not becoming overly attached to a youth in crisis, and helps to redirect efforts back to the parents. This is a great tool to begin the adjustment process in the very early stages of divorce so students can be adequately monitored and kept on the right track.
A research paper by Nicole Landucci of University of Wisconsin-Stout explores how divorce directly impacts the academic success of some students. Landucci points out that students in different age brackets display the stress of a divorce differently, which should be taken into account when developing a system of support. This is for any educator looking to have an “all hands on deck” approach to a student of divorce.
I was thrilled to come across this list of books that helps explain divorce to kids. These ten books, written for children between ages 3 and 8, can help open lines of communication between the educator and student. The best part of the list is its inclusion of recent titles in the last ten years. This is a must-read for school librarians and grade school teachers who are looking to expand their collections for family-related materials.
AD Midd’s blog post takes different family structures into consideration. Because Midd promotes open lines of communication, she provides more than one way to troubleshoot managing multiple schedules when it comes to parent-teacher conferences. She has a great point to “eliminate the middle man” of the child when it comes to sending home paperwork. Check out how she works to put the student first and keep all parties involved.