If you have children and are filing for divorce, you are likely already aware of the potential impact this major life-altering event will have on them. Although nothing can or should stop them from being sad about your divorce, there are ways to help them cope with it in a healthy way that allows them to move forward and thrive in the presence of these changes. Continue reading for some tips on how to help your children cope with your divorce.
Learning How to Cope
No parent wants to see their children upset or depressed, but it is important to let them know that it is okay to express their emotions. The end of your marriage, regardless of how much better off everyone will be, is worthy of being mourned, so give them a safe space to feel and share everything they are experiencing.
Here are some additional tips that can help your children cope with divorce:
- Routines are an important part of a child’s life, so try to maintain their routines, if possible. Life may feel a bit chaotic right now and routines can help your children feel stable and grounded in the face of so much uncertainty.
- If your children are particularly young, they may have a harder time processing what it means to get divorced. Consider going online or to a library to find some literature that can make this easier for them to digest and understand.
- Do not try to vilify your ex-spouse. No matter what your feelings may be, the fact is that your former spouse will always be a parent to your children. You should both try to support each other as co-parents.
- In an attempt to make your children feel better, you might make promises you know you cannot keep. Although this comes from a place of love, making impossible promises will ultimately hurt them once they realize you cannot keep your word. Be honest with them and only make promises you know are feasible.
- Lastly, take care of yourself. The better you care for yourself, the better you can care for your children. Seek support from friends, family, or a professional to discuss your feelings about the divorce.
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