These days, families come in many shapes and sizes. Some children are raised in a home with a mother and a father. Others are raised in a home with two moms, two dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or a combination of adults as caregivers. Many young children are raised in families where the parents have divorced. Young children living with parents who have split-up, or with parents who are living in separate homes may face strong emotions about their family situation. Parents can help their young children to feel supported, express themselves appropriately, and cope with their feelings surrounding the divorce in several ways.
The following are tips to help your young children deal with divorce:
- Remind your children (again and again) that the divorce is not their fault. Let your children know that they did absolutely nothing that led to the decision you and your spouse made to separate. Remind your kids that despite any times they have misbehaved, or despite arguments that you have had together, they did not influence your decision to split-up. Tell them that you and your spouse made the decision solely based on matters between the two of you and nothing else. Read more