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Helping children cope with the stress of divorce

| Jan 28, 2021 | Divorce

A marital breakup is challenging for everyone involved. For children, seeing their family split apart can be traumatic to say the least. When parents divorce, the children often feel uncertain, angry and may even blame themselves for the events that have transpired. Here are a few ways parents in California can reduce the emotional pain and stress their children may be going through amid a divorce.

It can be challenging to tell the children about the divorce. Make the conversation easier by preparing what to say beforehand. Keep an empathetic tone and give them an honest explanation. Always try to anticipate tough questions and address the most important points first. Parents should let the children know that even though some things may be changing, their love for the children will never change.

Divorce is most likely going to feel like a big loss to the children. Help the children grieve by listening to them and allowing them to express their emotions. Children often have trouble expressing how they feel, so always be supportive and help them by encouraging them to talk. It is also important for parents to acknowledge the children’s feelings rather than dismissing them.

After a few months, if things continue to worsen instead of improve, it could mean that the children are stuck in anxiety or depression and may need additional support. Discussions with the child’s doctor or a therapist could be helpful. Divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences to go through in life, for both parents and children. Those in California who have questions or need help with divorce could benefit by consulting a seasoned and knowledgeable family law attorney.