How to care for kids during a divorce

As you go through the divorce process, you need to take care of yourself. This includes both your mental and physical health. You are not doing anybody any favors by running yourself into the ground.

In addition to dealing with your own stress, when kids are involved with divorce, you have another big responsibility. This can be a traumatic event for any child, but the good thing is this: most children are able to adjust within a two-year period.

During the divorce process, there are many things that both parents can do to ease the tension and make the transition easier on the child. For example, you should do your best to keep your child out of the conflict. Furthermore, let the child know that he or she is not responsible for your split.

It makes sense for both parents to work together to ensure that the child is not harmed along the way. It is not always easy to keep an open line of communication, especially in the event of a messy divorce, but you are doing so because you want to do what is best for your child.

Children who maintain a close relationship with both parents have a better chance of successfully dealing with the situation.

Going through divorce is full of unanswered questions, stress and plenty of tension. Even so, you should do what is best for your child. This often means working alongside the other parent to formulate a plan. Even if questions surrounding child support and custody are brought to light, don't let these get your child down.

Source: American Psychological Association, "Healthy Divorce," accessed July 08, 2015

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