Being a Great Divorced Father: Real-Life Advice from a Dad Who's Been There

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-07
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Maintain a great relationship with your kids during and after divorce. If you're a father going through a divorce and you want to maintain a great relationship with your kids, you need the practical advice that Being a Great Divorced Father offers. Learn how to build a life after your divorce, with your kids' needs at the forefront, including: communicating effectively with your ex; managing babysitters; after school care and other details of daily life; settling legal and custody issues

Author Biography

Paul Mandelstein is the founder and executive director of the Father Resource Network (www.father.com), which provides support and referral services. Paul is also a pioneer in the field of personal communications and technology reference publishing. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Your Divorced Dad's Companion: Lemons Into Lemonadep. 1
A Chance for Growthp. 2
Getting Startedp. 3
It's All About the Kidsp. 4
Making the Decision to Divorcep. 7
One Last Tryp. 10
Honoring the Bonds of Our Childrenp. 14
Taking Care of Yourselfp. 22
Who Moves Out?p. 23
Leave the Lawyer Stuff for Later if You Canp. 26
Money, Money, Money, Moneyp. 28
Hang In Therep. 30
Setting Up Housekeepingp. 31
Making a Homep. 34
Location, Location, Locationp. 36
Make Room for the Kidsp. 39
What's Cookin'?p. 41
Excuse Me! Do I Look Like a Taxi?p. 43
Remember You're Humanp. 44
Taking Stockp. 45
Two Parents, Two Homes: How to Make Shared Custody Workp. 47
Dealing With the Changesp. 49
Some Things Don't Changep. 52
Staying Connectedp. 53
Different Voices, Different Homesp. 55
Establishing Your House Rulesp. 57
Getting Flexible at Workp. 60
Show Up When You Say You Willp. 61
Presence, Not Presentsp. 70
A Day in the Lifep. 73
A Typical Dayp. 75
On Less-Than-ldeal Daysp. 76
Managing the Detailsp. 82
Baby Sitters and After-School Carep. 89
Right Speech and Staying Focused on the Futurep. 92
Settling Up: Legal and Custody Issuesp. 95
The High Cost of Conflictp. 98
The Basics of the Legal Divorcep. 100
Dividing the Pie: Spousal Support and Property Divisionp. 110
Legal Issues When a Spouse Is in the Militaryp. 120
How to Choose an Attorneyp. 122
Making a Paper Trailp. 123
When You Have to Fightp. 124
Assume the Impossible Is Possiblep. 129
Don't Underestimate Your Stressp. 130
Opportunities for Personal Growthp. 131
Being the Parent You Want to Bep. 133
Becoming the Parent You Want to Bep. 134
Keeping Your Kids Out of the Frayp. 141
Setting Limitsp. 144
Watching for Signs of Stress in Your Kidsp. 155
Our Teenagers, Ourselvesp. 162
Keeping the Peace and Keeping Yourself Togetherp. 169
Keeping the Peace With Your Exp. 170
Keeping Yourself Togetherp. 179
Recognizing and Managing Stressp. 181
Ten Not-So-Hard-and-Fast Rules for Managing Stressp. 184
Recognizing and Managing Depressionp. 186
Choosing Your Problemsp. 188
Letting Go of Your Problemsp. 193
Don't Go It Alonep. 196
Friends and Loversp. 199
The Dating Game: Ready or Not?p. 200
Back in the Gamep. 203
Dating and Your Exp. 206
Introducing Your New Love to the Kidsp. 209
You're the Boss of Youp. 216
When Your Ex Starts Datingp. 218
A Second Chance: Remarriage and Blending Familiesp. 221
Parenting in a Blended Familyp. 224
Make Space for Mourning and Change Will Happenp. 232
New Family, New Ritualsp. 233
Dealing With Your Ex About Your Marriage-And Hersp. 235
Do We Really Have to Talk About This?p. 238
Nurturing Your Relationshipp. 241
Nurturing Your Extended Familyp. 241
Indexp. 243
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