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Helping children adjust to a parental divorce

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2021 | Child Custody

Ending a marriage is one of the most difficult things couples in Kansas can go through. Unfortunately, a divorce can be even more challenging for children of divorcing parents. For children, a parental divorce means the family as they knew it will no longer be the same and child custody issues could arise. This can cause children to feel an unsettling sense of loss and anxiety. Here are a few ways parents can make the process of divorce a little easier for their children.

Listen

It will take some time for children to adjust to the new situation. Allow children to express themselves and listen carefully when they do. Let them know that it is okay to feel mad or sad. For older children, it may be beneficial to speak with a counselor. Older kids are sometimes more open to sharing their true feelings with a neutral adult.

Keep routines

Stick to daily routines and schedules as closely as possible. Routines allow for a sense of structure and security amid the chaotic situation. The more structure parents can provide, the better chance the children will feel calm and safe.

Encourage independence

It may be tempting to baby the children during this difficult time. However, give the children a chance to be independent. Seemingly small acts like allowing them to pick their own outfits or pick up their toys can give them a sense of confidence and make it easier for them to get through a parental separation.

Without question, divorce is hard on parents. However, it’s even tougher on children, which is why it is critically important to handle them with care during this transition. Parents in Kansas who need help with divorce or child custody issues may want to consult a legal representative. An experienced family law attorney can answer questions and guide parents through confusing legal processes.