When two adults go through a difficult divorce, children all too often get hurt. It’s easy to understand how, with the grief caused by a separation and the stress of the financial implications and having to deal with divorce solicitors, parents can forget about their children’s feelings a little.
But children can be severely affected by a difficult divorce and it’s therefore paramount that you always think of your children first when going through a divorce. Here are some things you should consider to help protect your kids when going through a divorce.
A divorce is a gargantuan change for the entire family and your children therefore need as much consistency as possible to keep things in order. This means no huge unnecessary changes to their everyday lifestyle, from bed times to meals. There are clearly some things that will change, such as living with one parent, however trying to maintain everything else can provide a much needed level of stability for your children.
Change of living environment if done at all should be gradual. Changing schools should most definitely be avoided. If your children are experiencing massive change in the home, they should not also have to face the stresses of losing friends and trying to make new ones.
During a divorce, it can be difficult to stay in an upbeat mood. Your children will no doubt feel the same way and in order to help them, you need to make it clear that your feelings for them have in no way changed. An extra few hugs will never go amiss!
Let kids be kids
All too often during a separation, parents can become too consumed with grief to want to function properly. As a result, children adopt a parental role, helping mum or dad with things that they shouldn’t be doing. This should most definitely be avoided, as your child will feel like additional pressures and stresses have been laid on their shoulders. Let your children be children and don’t make them feel like responsible parents, it’s simply not fair.
Never argue in front of the children
This is an age old saying that should never be ignored. Arguing with your ex husband or wife in front of the kids is undoubtedly one of the worst things you can do. They may overhear things that they should be no way exposed to and could result in serious familial disputes at a later date. As well as not arguing, you should always avoid speaking badly about your ex where possible. This can lead children to pick sides and create an even bigger rift in your family.
Take things slowly, never forget to make sure your kids know you love them, and hopefully you and your family can make quick and positive steps towards a happy future.
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