Most people are aware of the current divorce statistics. Roughly, half of all marriages in the United States today end in divorce. While this is the end of a marriage between a couple and can be difficult, it can be even more difficult for children involved in the disintegrating marriage. There are a few dos and don’ts associated with divorce in order to play to a child’s best interests.
It is good for all parents to be aware of how the effects of a parents’ divorce can be lifelong for their children. This is why it is important that both parents choose their words and their actions carefully during this difficult time. Despite any issues the parents may have between themselves, it is key that they keep all communication lines open for healthy discussion. This allows the children a safe space to share their feelings; it also minimizes the chance that they will feel alienated from one parent or the other.
Any consistency the parents can create during this time of change for the child will help to stabilize the child’s environment. For example, arguing with your ex in front of the children is never advisable because it may create animosity towards one parent based on the situation. It is not advised to speak badly about one parent behind the back of the other. If these mistakes can be avoided, it will help the child to have a healthy relationship with both parents.
Do not let divorce change the relationship between parent and child. A child can have a healthy relationship with both parents even after a divorce. There are certain ways to foster these relationships and it is important to take note and pay attention. This way the child’s best interests will be put first during this time of change.
Source: gosanangelo.com, “WTXCG: The Do’s and Don’t’s of Divorce,” Feb. 16, 2015