Disclosure: I was given a copy of the book mentioned as well as compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I remember all too well when I came in contact with divorce. I was 13 years old with two brothers who were much younger at 9 and 6. All of us thought our world was crashing down, and in a way it was.
I can remember the turmoil of deciding which parent we would stay with and having to deal with visits and awkward holidays. I also remember having to hold a lot of it together in order to help my brother cope with the drastic change in life as we had always known it.
Words were always lacking it seemed and resources to help explain what my parents and I couldn’t were hard to find. I wish we had back then what I have now.
I was given a copy to review of the book, This Love is Forever: A book for children of divorce and their parents, by Mavis Prall Cohen. This book was beautifully illustrated by her daughter, Lizzie Prall.
This Love is Forever was written by Mavis in response to her daughter’s question, “Why are we divorced?” Written in a way that young minds can understand, Mavis wanted to express to her daughter the love that both parents had for her and how their love would always be there. Coming from a divorced home herself, Mavis was sure she had the words to tell Lizzie what she needed to hear.
After realizing how helpful writing the book was even to herself, she wanted to get the resource in others hands. And who better to help with that than her own daughter, who illustrated the book for her a few years later.
This book is written in simple language for children of all ages to understand and includes blank pages at the end for them to doodle and express their own feelings. I know that had this book been around when I was younger and going through my family’s divorce, it would have been a great resource for my brothers and I.
While Daddy Head and I have a strong marriage, I felt this book would be a great resource to have around to help other children that we come in contact with to cope with divorce. It is also helpful to express to my young ones how divorce affected me as a child, so they can understand their mommy a little more.
If you are a family that has been affected by divorce, I totally recommend this book to you and your children. I feel that it could be helpful to express just what you might not be able to.