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The Minnesota Supreme Court has approved online divorce education courses such as the Center for Divorce Education's "Children In Between" class. Click here for more information about the program and to register. [Index]
Best Parent Is Both Parents" can be ordered
for $10 plus $2 shipping and handling from The Children's Rights
Council, 220 Eye St. N.E., Suite 140, Washington, D.D. 20002-4362.
A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
Minnesota Law Moose--http://lawmoose.com The best site for information on Minnesota and Eighth Circuit Law. The Moose is an excellent one-stop site for links to forms, state law, opinions, legal newspapers, judges and other useful information. One of its best features in its translation service that allows documents to be translated from English to several other languages, including Spanish, and back to English.Moose also contains a link to Minnesota's legal periodicals index at the Minnesota State Law Library.
Forms and Publications--You
can download any IRS tax form and instructions from the IRS web
site at http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/prod/forms_pubs. This site also has links to most state tax
services where you can download state tax forms. [Index]
Web Sites--This list is
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Resources for Talking with Children
American Psychological Association: http://helping.apa.org/therapy/traumaticstress.html#children
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: http://www.aacap.org/
Some general advice from the experts includes:
1. Continuously reassure your children that you will help to keep them safe.
2. Turn off the TV. Overexposure to the media can be traumatizing. If your older children are watching the news, be sure to watch with them.
3. Be aware that your child's age will affect his or her response.
Adolescents in particular may be hard hit by these
4. Calmly express your emotions, but remember that a composed demeanor will provide a greater sense of security for your child.
5. Give your children extra time and attention and plan to spend more time with your children in the following months.
6. Let your children ask questions, talk about what happened, and express their feelings.
7. Play with children who can't talk yet to help them work out their fears and respond to the atmosphere around them.
8. Keep regular schedules for activities such as eating, playing and going to bed to help restore a sense of security and normalcy.
9. Consider how you and your child can help. Children are better able to regain their sense of power and security if they feel they can help in some way.
Spanish Organizations With Domestic Abuse And