A Guide for Parents to Help Kids

The first working Monday after the holidays has been tagged as ‘Divorce Day’ in the United States and the United Kingdom, given the unusually high volume of calls to family attorneys inquiring into divorce proceedings on this day. Interestingly, both the United States and the United Kingdom experience a surge in divorce inquiries after the… Read more »


Workshop: Rules to Help Children of Divorce Build Resilience

Are you a parent interested in helping your children continue to thrive through divorce? WORKSHOP Building Resiliency in Children of Divorce: 10 Co-Parenting Golden Rules Saturday January 30, 2016, 10.00am – 12.00pm  Pacific Academy, 722 Genevieve St., Solana Beach, CA 92075 Register at: Divorce Co-Parenting Golden Rules or call 760-815-2799 In this two-hour workshop, Dr. Azmaira… Read more »


Family Changes: A USA Best Books Awards Finalist

Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is an AWARD-WINNING FINALIST in the 2015 USA Book News Best Books Awards. We are delighted to share that Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is an AWARD-WINNING FINALIST in the “Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction” category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. We would like to thank Polona… Read more »


NEPA Features Dr Maker: A Guide to Divorce Over the Holidays

NEPA Family Magazine features Dr. Maker’s article on guidelines for navigating divorce during the holiday season.  Divorce is a complicated process with many emotional tug-of-wars that can be painful for children.  These tug-of-wars sometimes become exacerbated during the holiday season, as each parent consciously or unconsciously vies for the children during the holiday celebrations.  Hence, children… Read more »


An Interview with Dr. Maker on Divorce & Children

The Littlest Bookshelf, an excellent resource for reviews on children’s books, conducted an in-depth interview with Dr. Maker on divorce and children.  To read the complete interview, please visit Littlest Bookshelf. The interview questions ranged from how Dr. Maker’s book, Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children was created, best ways to explain separation and divorce… Read more »


Managing Impulsivity in Children: Tips and Tools

Many parents and teachers struggle with excessively impulsive children. They wonder if the child is choosing to be oppositional, defiant, and intentionally disobedient, or if the child truly cannot control their behavior. They may even question whether their child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Parents and teachers believe that the child cognitively knows better,… Read more »


Collaboratively Explaining Divorce to Children

There are many different ways to explain divorce, a major life transition, to young children. Although there is no exact or perfect way to process divorce with children, there are some general guidelines that counselors, family lawyers, and advocates recommend that are in the best interest of children. Being in agreement on what to say… Read more »


Six Year Old Explains Emotional Needs To Divorced Parents

I recently viewed an extraordinarily powerful video of a six year old child explaining her emotional needs to her divorced parents.  This young girl shares in very poignant ways how she needs her parents to be friends, to be calm, to be stable, and to be nice to each other.  This video and what the… Read more »


Tips For Explaining Divorce To Young Children

Divorce is an emotionally complicated process and one that can be very difficult to explain to young children.  Although there is no one correct way to support children through a divorce, as children and families are unique, most professionals do agree on general guidelines that facilitate children’s well being during and after the divorce. When… Read more »


Increasing Focus & Productivity During Your Divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally complicated process that can sometimes debilitate your work performance, focus, and productivity.  Please read my article published in the Human Talent Network for effective tools and a guide on how to increase your work productivity, focus, and motivation at work during a divorce.