Children and Divorce – Hugs & Kisses in a Bottle

Mary Krauel, owner and mediator of PRM Mediation just launched her first book on Amazon – Hugs & Kisses in a Bottle – The Best Christmas Gift Ever.

Your 5-9 year-olds will love the unique and creative way they can make and give Christmas gifts to mom and dad especially after separation and divorce.

We see through the eyes of Alexa a 7 year old girl how she and her brother Joey 10 cope with the separation and divorce of their parents especially at Christmas. Children often wish they could spend the whole time with both parents and feel sadness and guilt when they are not with the other parent.

Learning the True Meaning of Gift Giving ….

The message this book brings is that although material gifts are great – gifts from the heart, of oneself, made by the person are more precious and will be remembered long after you have outgrown the sweater or the toy. And it applies whether your parents are separated or together.

Reading and Creating with Your Child …

This book is not only a story to be read with your child but an activity for children, and for children together with their parents. Nothing develops a bond or connection more than creating something beautiful together – the craft and the memories. Craft guidelines are provided at the end of the book that can be used for gifts not only for Christmas but any occasion. This book can also be used by teachers with their students.

Here is what some reviewers have said about the book….

“During and after divorce, family-centered holidays can be difficult for both parents and children. Hugs & Kisses acknowledges the sadness, then offers hope to rekindle the Christmas spirit in heavy hearts. A great book for parents to read with their kids, it shows that gifts from the heart are always better than gifts from the mall – and the craft tips will help them make happy memories together. Lovely illustrations – and a great message!” – Diana Shepherd, editorial director and co-founder, Divorce Magazine


“Hugs & Kisses in a Bottle is a poignant, must-read for all families, but especially for those families who are facing separation or divorce. As a professional divorce mediator, author Mary Krauel knows all too well the stress and sadness divorce brings to families, especially during the holidays. This book reinforces the important message that giving of oneself through even the simplest homemade gift or act, is truly the best gift of all. Certainly it’s a win-win for the giver and receiver, who both share an abundant outpouring of love through this gift which will be cherished when apart, and perhaps, forever.” – Laurie Wallace-Lynch, Writer/Contributor, Goodlife Magazine, Mississauga, Ontario


“What a wonderful book! Such a heartwarming story of how separation and divorce affect children. As a Realtor, this is something I deal with often. Mary’s insight into such a difficult time in a child’s life is touching and inspiring. I’ll definitely recommend this book to my clients!” – reader


“A holiday that should be happy in a child’s life, divorce can make it sad. Mary was able to bring a positive outlook on the situation to bring happiness and show that the characters can still have a happy family even though the parents aren’t together anymore, teaching readers that sometimes materialistic things aren’t what a child needs but something from the heart and that both parents will always be there. This book was well written and Mary captured the situation perfectly.” – reader

So get started and order your book now! Click here.


If you would like to contact Mary to talk about strategies for your children and divorce and how best to manage Christmas before and after your divorce please click here for a consultation.