Divorce is not something most couples plan for when they exchange vows on their wedding day. Unfortunately, it’s how many marriages end. While divorce can significantly impact adults, it can have a more profound impact on children.
When you file for divorce, it can wreak havoc on your child’s sense of stability. To help your child during this transitional period, there are a few things you can do:
Create and stick to a routine
Sticking to your child’s pre-divorce routines as much as possible is important. While creating new patterns and routines may be necessary, it’s a good idea to keep things as normal as possible.
If sticking to their old routine is impossible, create new ones they can count on. This will help them better understand how their lives will be moving forward.
Ensure constant and age-appropriate communication
Letting your children know what is happening and what will happen is beneficial for their situation. When they know what to expect, especially if it is different than what they are used to, it won’t be as stressful. This is particularly beneficial when trying to help them adjust to a co-parenting schedule and move from one house to another.
Create strong family connections
With your child’s life changing, now is a good time to help them create bonds and relationships with other family members. You can let them visit grandparents, cousins and other members of the family, which will help them develop emotional connections that will benefit them with all the changes in their lives.
Helping your child cope with divorce
If you are going through a divorce, you have many legal aspects to deal with. While the process can be overwhelming and time-consuming, don’t forget to help your child through this transition with the tips above.