Parents may understandably worry about the impact that a divorce can have on their children. However, there are several things that parents can do to give their children some reassurance during a time that feels full of uncertainty.
Minimizing the disruptive effect of divorce and taking steps to address children’s concerns can be enormously helpful. Here are some key strategies that parents should consider to support their children during the divorce process.
Have an open dialog
Parents sometimes make the mistake of simply talking to their children about what is happening rather than talking with them. It is constructive for parents to have a conversation about divorce. They should invite their children to express their feelings and ask questions.
Stay in close contact
Suddenly not seeing a parent everyday may be anxiety-provoking to children. Setting aside some time for phone calls and video calls will reassure children that a parent who they will be spending less time with is still an important part of their life.
Do not be afraid to bring in reinforcements
If you are feeling uncertain about how your child is coping, you should not feel reluctant about seeking some assistance from a counselor. It may be beneficial to get some insight from someone with clinical knowledge and experience about how the divorce process impacts children.
Parents may need to be conscientious about how children are managing their feelings about the way that family dynamics change. It may take some time, but parents can help their children regain a sense of normalcy and security after divorce.