Going through divorce as an adult is not easy by any means. Experiencing one’s parents divorce as a child can be extremely difficult and hard to understand.
This is the perspective author, blogger and motivator Tara Eisenhard had in mind when she decided to write a novel for both young adults and divorced parents. An ex-wife and a daughter of divorced parents herself, Eisenhard had first-hand experience as to the effects the divorce process can have on children.
Her book, “The D-Word: Divorce Through a Child’s Eyes,” explores the many different issues kids face when their parents split up and live in separate households. Gina, the 12-year-old protagonist, finds herself listening in to phone conversations, trying to be a caretaker to her brother and settle out the turmoil surrounding her parents for herself.
The book does an excellent job of addressing divorce issues like conflict, communication, alienation, attitudes and more.
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Read a short excerpt from “The D-Word: Divorce Through a Child’s Eyes” below.
“Later that night I heard my mom on the phone with my aunt. They were discussing the recent events. From my room, I tried not to listen but I couldn’t distract myself from Mom’s conversation. I tried to think happy thoughts, but I couldn’t think of any. In the end, I remember Mom saying I was mature, and I decided I should probably take the time to hear how my mom felt about everything. It would help me be a better daughter for her.
‘Well, of course I told her it’s because of him. It’s the truth!’ Mom sounded defensive.
‘Yes, and she’s very mature. She has a right to know what’s going on.’
‘Well, I told her she doesn’t have to stay there if she’s uncomfortable.’
‘I’m always willing to come and pick her up. I know how he is.’
‘Yeah, it was nice to get things done around here.’
‘But she shouldn’t have to deal with it. I lived with him long enough to have sympathy for anyone else who lives with him.’
As their conversation wore on, I grew more and more confused. I didn’t understand as much as I needed to. I wished I could hear what Aunt Tamara was saying, but I knew that if I was caught listening on another line, I’d be in serious trouble. I’d just have to try harder and pay more attention to everything.”