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How can you reduce stress for your children during a divorce?

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2021 | Divorce

When you choose to divorce your spouse, your children may feel stressed when new custody arrangements or other plans happen.

Learning how to combat these feelings can help you both feel more prepared for the upcoming change.

Be direct

According to Psychology Today, most children are sensitive to conflict between adults in their lives, even if the adults do not realize it. If you try to avoid talking about any problems or emotions associated with the divorce, it does not mean that your child will not feel upset.

Be direct and straightforward about the topic when you choose to sit down and talk with him or her. However, do not go into details about what happened between you and your ex-spouse, and make sure to keep it age-appropriate.

Spend extra time together

Making sure to explain that you will always love support your children is important for them to hear out loud. In some cases, a child may blame himself or herself for the divorce and any changes that happen afterward.

One way to spend more quality time together is to do activities like watching movies or playing together. This can help you two bond in the middle of a stressful time.

Stay consistent

You should not stop disciplinary measures or change how you parent, such as allowing your child to stay up too late or not complete homework. Children tend to respond better to clear boundaries and steady rules, especially when so many other parts of their lives are changing.

With a bit of extra attention and consistent daily schedules, your child can adjust to life after a family divorce.