Ginny Morris and Mom's House, Dad's House

Pages: 48, Black & white
Size: 6" x 9"
Age Range: 8-12
Item #: 441A157
ISBN: 978-1-59147-157-8
List Price: $14.95
Copyright: 2005
Format: Hardcover
Other Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Kids living in joint custody arrangements have to grapple with a number of logistical and emotional challenges, even under the best circumstances. Things get left or forgotten at the other house, projects and activities are interrupted, rules and schedules are different. In addition to feeling confused, frustrated, and even helpless because of these practical problems, kids also miss the parent they aren't with, the friends in the other neighborhood, the pet in the other house, their other activities — even the other house itself.

Ginny Morris and Mom's House, Dad's House spotlights many of the day-to-day experiences of a child in joint custody and a wide range of solutions to typical problems. Ginny's ideas for getting organized, keeping connected with her parents and friends, and coping with things she can't change, and more, provide a roadmap for all children who are navigating the sometimes bumpy road between Mom's house and Dad's house.

About the Author
Mary Collins Gallagher, MA, LPC, is a school counselor who has worked with hundreds of children before, during, and after their parents' divorce. She has three grown children and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
About the Illustrator
Whitney Martin's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and catalogs, and he has worked on many animation projects, including Walt Disney movies. Before his career as an artist, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Whitney now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and two children.
Reviews & Awards
Ginny Morris made me laugh and get teary-eyed at the same time. Her approach to solving the practical problems and hard feelings inherent in joint custody arrangements is resourceful and just plain fun, and her ideas and solutions should help millions of other kids who go back and forth between Mom's house and Dad's.
—Mary Lamia, PhD, host of KidTalk with Dr. Mary, Radio Disney-San Francisco/Sacramento
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