Parenting Through a Divorce
Whether an adult or child, adjusting through a divorce takes time. It’s hardest for everyone during the first year, when changes are new. Parenting through a divorce is the time to protect your children from whatever adverse conditions the divorce may impact.
Parenting Through A Divorce
- If possible, shield them from witnessing conflict between you and your spouse.
- Don’t lean on your children for emotional support, or expect them to pass on messages between the two of you.
- Children have fantasies that they are the cause of the divorce or that they can somehow keep you two together. They may also fear abandonment.
- Explain to the child that divorce does not mean the end of the relationship with either of the parents.
- Reassure them that they are not in any way at fault, and that their needs will be taken care of.
- Joint custody arrangements are in the child’s best interest. Encourage them to have time with their other parent.
- Give them loving and consistent structure and discipline.
- Cooperation between you and your ex will help your child feel less stress.
Children will adapt to the changes of a divorce at their own pace, some faster than others. Allow them to express their feelings and provide support and love to help them through this time.
Written by: Ruby Moseley, Rust Built, Marketing Services