The Do’s Do love your children as much as possible. Show them your love through words and actions. Do tell your children divorce is not their fault. Keep in mind, they’ll need to hear it more than once. Do reassure your children that they will be safe. Let your kids know that both parents will […]Read More
Below I’ve listed a variety of articles that address key issues for parenting kids through separation and divorce. Some are more relevant to parents in the beginning stages while other posts touch on topics related to parents further down the road. As new stuff gets churned out, I’ll be adding to the list, so be sure to check back.
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In the Beginning… If possible, have both parents present when telling children about the divorce. Discuss what you will tell children before hand. Also, keep explanations simple and avoid placing blame. Use general statements such as Mom and Dad can’t live together anymore or Mom and Dad have decided we would be happier living in […]Read More children cope with divorce, divorce and children, help for children of divorce, how parents can help children cope with divorce
There are many factors, which affect how children are able to cope with divorce. Some of those factors we can influence through our own actions, others we may have no control over. Researchers have estimated that the period of adjustment for families can range anywhere from one to three years, and sometimes even as long […]Read More children and divorce, effects of divorce on children, how children are affected by divorce, how to help children of divorce
One of the most important skills a parent can possess is being a good listener. While it sounds pretty simple in theory, many parents (regardless of marital status I might add) have a difficult time putting it into practice. To become a better listener for your children try the following: Give children your full attention […]Read More effects of divorce on children, help for children of divorce, parenting and divorce, talking to kids about divorce
Divorce feels like a crisis. It is a traumatic, crazy and an uncertain time for you and your children. What do most people do when they are in crisis? Well, they survive by living from moment to moment and finding some way to keep going until things get better or at the very least, tolerable. […]Read More after divorce, divorce help, early stages of divorce, self care, separation, single parents
One of the most damaging aspects of divorce consistently emphasized by researchers, mental health professionals and family courts conflict between parents. When children are exposed to heated debates, badmouthing, insults and high conflict situations, they suffer tremendously. Kids literally view themselves as half mom and half dad. When they hear jabs, insults or negative comments […]Read More coparenting, help for divorced parents, parenting after divorce, parenting and divorce, parenting with your ex, separation, tips for parenting after divorce, two homes