Divorce can be upsetting for adults, but it can be traumatic for the children involved. The separation of parents can leave children wondering why and how it happened and and if they did anything wrong. Texas parents can ease the stress and burden of the uncertainty of a divorce by taking steps to help their children understand the process and to be open and honest about what will happen.
Keeping a family unit together through positive communication is the best way to help ensure that children are not left feeling deserted, angry and guilty. Having both parents involved in conversations regarding the divorce and not throwing blame is important to help in keeping the lines of communication open within the family. Allowing children to express anger, hurt and sadness honestly and openly without lashing out is key to making sure that kids feel valued and heard throughout the process.
Parents can watch for signs of depression in their child by observing behavior. A rebellious and uncooperative attitude can be an outward indication of emotional turmoil; withdrawal from previously loved activities and lack of concern for self or others could be a sign of depression. Should this be the case, there are many resources available in Texas to help parents and their children.
A divorce can prove to be time consuming and emotionally draining. When children are involved, the stakes are even higher. Many parents are able to implement a child custody plan that is agreeable to all parties involved. In doing so, the help of a family law attorney can help parents navigate family law and keep the focus on the family, especially the children.
Source: bradenton.com, “Helping children understand divorce“, Kimberly Barbour, Jan. 16, 2017