When Grandparents Divorce by Katie Saint
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Category: Children, Self-Help
Author: Katie Smith, MA, BCBA
Illustrator: Michelle Lund
Format: Paperback, 36 pages
Publisher: Coffee Table Press
Pub Date: August 29, 2012
When Grandparents Divorce by Katie Saint, a professional counsellor and behaviour analyst, is a detailed story about a family whose grandparents have just recently divorced.
The focus is on young Isaac and Ari’s feeling from the time they hear the devastating news of their grandparents’ breakup and considers by example, their individual responses to the different contexts surrounding divorce and the change of dynamics found in the relationships affected by such a change.
Examples include the children’s feelings of fear and sadness, their questions of why “grandma and grandpa don’t want to live together anymore,” the reality of a partner’s absence when the children visit, and the anxiety found in anticipation of celebrating holidays that include family gatherings like Thanksgiving.
The book’s narrative is both easy to understand and age-appropriate for children and provides encouraging and concrete advice of how to cope with the separation of loved ones as well as prompts for parents to participate in while reading and interacting with their children. The end of the book also includes a Question and Answer Parent Guide that offers an additional resource of information and support in addressing the complex questions and issues raised by children about divorce between grandparents.
The art illustrated by Michelle Lund is clean and bright, offering a fine complement to the encouraging advice, positive reinforcement, and love found in the story.
Children grieve in many different ways when a change such as divorce happens and helping them to process that grief can be anxious and difficult. This book, When Grandparents Divorce, by Katie Saint, is a much-needed and enjoyable resource and tool in bridging the gap between grief and healing in helping children understand the changes that come with divorce in the family.
It’s practical, educational, therapeutic, and empathetic—the necessary ingredients for making such a transition from grief to healing in coping with divorce and understanding how it affects family relationships more bearable.
A special thank you to Katie Saint and Coffee Table Press for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an unpaid and honest review.
In what ways do you think parents and grandparents can ease grief for children who must experience the effects of divorce in the family?