If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce, there are many issues you must work through. Some of these may include property division, child custody and spousal support.
But one of the biggest issues you may have concerns about is how your children will cope with your divorce. The following tips can help your children navigate this difficult time in their lives.
Commit to effective co-parenting
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. in 2020, 630,505 divorces and annulments occurred, and many of these couples were parents with children. If you decide to co-parent with your spouse, commit to putting the best interests of your children first.
Your children likely want both parents to be a part of their lives. Spend one-on-one time with each of your children regularly and take time to show them that you remain interested in their life.
Refrain from speaking negatively about the other parent
After your divorce, it can be hard to hold back residual feelings of resentment, disappointment, sadness and anger. Even if this is the case, refrain from speaking negatively about your former spouse in front of your children. Save these comments for your therapist, a close friend or a family member.
Your children may experience a wide range of emotions after they learn of your divorce as they go through this transition. Listen to your children, even when they experience emotions you would not expect, validate their feelings and remind them that life will not always feel this way.