Divorce is a stressful process for most individuals, but especially so for children. Even without other contributing stressful factors such as a high-asset marriage or conflict, divorce is difficult for children to process and understand. It is important as parents to provide support to children during this challenging time, but what are the best ways of doing that?
Creative Family Solutions, Cecil Cianci Law, PC can help explain what you can do to assist kids through a stressful divorce.
Explain the Situation to The Kids
The first step is to have a conversation with the kids about what is happening. Be sure to use age-appropriate language and stick to the facts. It’s important that the kids feel like they can come to you with any questions or concerns they have.
Acknowledge They Are Not Responsible
It’s natural for children of divorce to think that they are somehow responsible for the situation. Reassure them that this is not the case and that the decision was made by adults.
Encourage Them to Open Up
Some kids may want to talk about their feelings while others will bottle them up. Encourage your child to express themselves in whichever way they feel comfortable. If they don’t want to talk to you, suggest they journal or talk to a trusted friend or family member.
Create a Supportive Environment
Try to create as much stability as possible during this time of upheaval. Maintain routines as much as possible and keep communication open between parents.
Focus on the Positive
Divorce can be an opportunity for growth and change. Emphasize to your kids that while things may be different, they will still have a loving relationship with both parents.
Get Help If You Need It
If you are struggling to support your child through the divorce, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A counselor can provide guidance and support to both you and your child during this difficult time.
Attorneys Can Help Eliminate Stress
When you are navigating an already complex divorce, it is best to not attempt to resolve matters on your own. An experienced attorney can assist you in your time of need and help you reach a resolution that works for both you and your children.
Contact our team today at (916) 675-3866 to schedule an appointment for a consultation!