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How to minimize the effects of divorce on children


Divorce causes a lot of stress and anxiety for children. When parents divorce children become extremely uncertain and confused about the future. Children find it very tough to cope with divorce. Children know that after their parentís seperate life would change and there would be extreme changes they would have to deal with.

How to minimize the effects of divorce on children-

Parents would have to work as a team and minimize the effects of divorce. The effects of divorce would have to be minimal so that divorce does not have life long damage on the children.

Measures to minimize the effects of divorce on children-

  1. Children are more sensitive to problems in the house than adults. They can sense marital problems when they emerge. Most of the times children tend to over hear arguments and also spot lack of physical affection. When you sense that your child is going through with stress it would be advisable to talk to your children and ease their mental tension.
  2. Both the parent would have to make a joint effort and the let the children know that they would be showered with love and affection throughout their lives. Divorce has known to damage the child emotionally and as a parent you would have to comfort and reassure your child with extra affection. Allow the other parent to spend time with the child and also help in raising the children. Children would have to know that both their parents would be there for them for support, discipline and help them out with major decisions.
  3. As parents you should make it a point to conduct yourself with dignity in front of your children. Avoid drinking excessively in front of your children and be mature in front of them.
  4. Avoid name calling in front of your children. Your children would feel worse about the situation when you throw abuses at the other parent. Respect your partner at all times. The effects of divorce would be minimal for children when you are cordial with each other and show respect.
  5. Stick to the same routine your children are used to. Try and keep to the same schedules and be consistent. When children know that their routines would not be changing, it would be easier for them to understand the situation.
  6. Listen to what your children have to say and how they feel about a particular situation. Pay attention to how your child deals with school and daily activities. Support your child with school work and ensure that their academics are not strained because of your divorce. Donít miss attending school meetings, as children would feel that their parents donít care for them like before and are not important.

When parents work for the benefit of their children and see what is best for the children, it would make life much easier and simpler for the children. If you feel at anytime that your child is unable to cope with divorce, you can take help from support groups.


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