She says that parents can embrace this time as a passing, not permanent, situation. "When we know that there's a beginning and an end to something, it makes it easier to deal with. It also helps kids to know that."
Zevon says that children, even young children, are incredibly perceptive and can sense when a family situation is changing.
"Parents may want to shelter them, but that's not the way to proceed," he said. "Children have an intuitive, natural wisdom and they will know when something is happening."
According to Shockney, families have to work together and use tools like the doll to make sure that the family can adjust to the new look.
"The situation is an opportunity to teach kids how to handle a crisis," she said. "Having a doll is a good idea because it's a safety zone for kids."
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