Thank you for visiting this page with the intention of focusing on your child, or children, through this time of change. We hope that the resources on this page will provide you with some effective tools and insight to help you talk about divorce with your children, to understand what they might experiencing, and to help them embrace the road ahead. Know that you’re not alone.
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Tips for parents
Every divorce will affect the kids involved — and many times the initial reaction is one of shock, sadness, frustration, anger, or worry. But kids also can come out of it better able to cope with stress, and many become more flexible, tolerant young adults.
The most important things that both parents can do to help kids through this difficult time are:
Keep visible conflict, heated discussions, and legal talk away from the kids.
Minimize the disruptions to kids' daily routines.
Confine negativity and blame to private therapy sessions or conversations with friends outside the home.
Keep each parent involved in the kids' lives.
Adults going through separation and divorce need support — from friends, professionals, clergy, and family. But don't seek support from your kids, even if they seem to want you to. (Source: Kids Health from Nemours)
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Every divorce will affect the kids involved — and many times the initial reaction is one of shock, sadness, frustration, anger, or worry. But kids also can come out of it better able to cope with stress, and many become more flexible, tolerant young adults. (Kids Health)
Sharing child custody isn't always easy, especially when you're trying to agree with someone you couldn't stand being married to. The good news: "Studies show that shared-custody situations work best when both parents are cooperative, respectful, agree on shared custody, and manage their emotions..." (Parents.com)
It's no shocker that the breakup of your marriage is tough on your kids. Parents.com has some tips to show you how to lend comfort -- not confusion -- to an already difficult situation. (Parents.com)
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Healthy Divorce: How to Make Your Split as Smooth as Possible (American Psychological Association)
Making Step Families Work (American Psychological Association)
Challenges of same-sex divorce (American Psychological Association)