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9 Books About Co-Parenting

We’ve put together a list of often-cited books, as well as a brief overview as written by the books' publishers, to help parents navigate their new relationship successfully.

Co-Parenting Books

There are numerous books on co-parenting recommended from resources such as Parents, Redbook, and The Bump.

We’ve put together a list of often-cited books, as well as a brief overview as written by the books’ publishers, to help parents navigate their new relationship successfully.

Blend by Mashonda Tifrere

A wise and inspiring guide to creating a happy and healthy blended family by Mashonda Tifrere with contributions from her co-parents Swizz Beatz and his wife, Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys.

Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce by Deesha Philyaw and Michael D. Thomas

Co-Parenting 101 is based on the premise that co-parenting is a must, not an option. The involvement of both parents – not just the primary guardian – is the cornerstone of successful co-parenting. This is the first book written by a formerly married couple for whom co-parenting is central to their day-to-day lives, and it offers a comprehensive, personal, and upfront look at how to effectively raise kids with an ex-spouse.

The Co-Parenting Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted and Resilient Kids from Little Ones to Young Adults through Divorce or Separation by Karen Bonnell with Kristin Little

Addressing questions about the emotional impact of separation, conflict, grief, and recovery, the authors provide a road map for all family members to safely navigate through separation/divorce and beyond. Through tested and reassuring guidance, parents will discover how to move from angry, hurt partners to constructive, successful co-parents who are able to put their children’s needs first.

Co-Parenting Works! Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce by Tammy Daughtry

What if your child’s “life-after-divorce” could be better than you’ve hoped for? Author, counselor, and co-parent Tammy Daughtry offers real-world co-parenting strategies that can increase your child’s chances of leading a healthy, successful life. You’ll learn how positive co-parenting can lead to a better and brighter future for you and your child.

Healthy Children of Divorce in 10 Simple Steps by Shannon Rios Paulsen

Shannon Rios Paulsen, MS LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has specialized in families of divorce and conflict since 2003 ( During this time, she has successfully assisted hundreds of families of divorce in creating healthy environments for their children. Through her experience growing up in a family of high conflict and divorce, she knew there was a better way for our children.

Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex by Julie A. Ross and Judy Corcoran

It’s a fact that parenting is hard enough in a family where two parents love and respect each other. After divorce, when the respect has diminished, and the love has often turned to intense dislike, co-parenting can be nearly impossible, driving one or both parents to the brink of insanity. Joint Custody with a Jerk offers many proven communication techniques to help you deal with your difficult ex-husband or ex-wife.

Mindful Co-Parenting: A Child-Friendly Path through Divorce by Jeremy S. Gaies and James B. Morris

Mindful Co-Parenting provides divorced parents a practical way through the process that protects their children. In this compact, step-by-step guide, written in a supportive yet direct style, clinical psychologists Jeremy S. Gaies, Psy.D., and James B. Morris Jr., Ph.D., identify what matters most to kids and describe the importance of parents being mindful of their children’s needs and wants. 

Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child by Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.

Internationally renowned therapist, family expert, and mediator Isolina Ricci, Ph.D. presents this definitive and newly updated guide to divorce and making shared custody work for parents and children. It includes examples, self-tests, checklists, tools, and guidelines to help separated moms and dads with legal, emotional, and financial issues they will encounter as they work to create happy and stable homes.

Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids by Christina McGhee

The ultimate resource for separated and divorced parents, written by an internationally acclaimed expert on divorce and its impact on children. This comprehensive and empowering guide is filled with practical, effective ways to minimize the effects of divorce on children and offers immediate solutions to the most critical parenting problems divorce brings.

While books are a great way to start on navigating your co-parenting journey, we also encourage you to contact a child psychologist or family counselor for more recommendations. Having support from professionals is a great way to ensure co-parenting success.

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