For children and their families, divorce can be a scary and sad time. There are also many transitions that children and their families experience during a divorce, which can be particularly stressful. It was once thought that the divorce itself was the cause of problems for children. However, research has shown that the level of conflict between the divorcing parties, rather than the divorce itself, is more problematic. In many cases, a divorce can actually be a good solution to family problems, but if there is too much conflict during the process, it can have negative effects, both in the short term and long term, on a child.
Divorce situations that result in high conflict often lead to increased problems in children, including long term relationship issues and academic struggles. The higher and longer the conflict lasts, the higher the risk for children developing emotional and behavioral issues.
If you and your family are going through a divorce, it is important that you stay connected with your child and use these tips to help identify struggles:
Pay close attention to a child's understanding of the situation and his or her behavior
Be mindful of how and what your child is witnessing through the divorce process
Be proactive about getting your child the support he or she needs
Try to resolve divorce issues amenably with as little conflict as possible
Realize that conflict can include any of the following: verbal, physical, legal
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Parents know when something is troubling their child. The warning signs are often clear: problems at school, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, withdrawal from friends and family. To be sure, changes in a child's behavior are normal and a natural part of growing up. When the changes persist, however -- or seem to worsen -- it may be time to seek help. If you suspect your child is struggling with a mental health issue, don't wait. Turn to DePelchin Children's Center for help.
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