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Help your child with their emotions when you divorce

Children will feel many emotions when their parents are going through a divorce. This might be challenging, especially for younger children. It’s up to the parents to help their kids adjust to the new way of life

Your children might not know how to relay what they’re feeling. There are a few ways that you can encourage them to work through everything. 

Open dialogue

You should let your kids know that they can talk to you about what’s going on. It might help them if you talk to them about your emotions. You should only do this in an age-appropriate manner. Hearing you talk about how you feel might help them to better process their own emotions. 

Present a united front

You and your ex have to present a united parenting front. This can help your kids to realize that both of you aim to continue playing an active role in their life. It also helps prevent the child from trying to play one parent against the other. 

Enlist help

Sometimes, kids need someone other than their parents to talk to. Trusted adults, including teachers, guidance counselors and coaches, might be able to help. Tell the adults who are involved in your child’s life what’s going on if you feel they can help your child.

Children who are dealing with their parents divorcing will need consistency, so they’re able to handle the adjustment. Parents can help this along by getting the parenting plan set as quickly as possible. Sometimes, working together to negotiate the terms is the best way to get this done. Since modifications of the terms are possible in the future, these plans should focus on what your kids need now.