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Single Parents and the single family: The effects of divorce on children can be lessened by keeping lines of communication open and answering children’s questions completely.

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Single families  The effects of divorce on children can be lessened by keeping lines of communication open and answering children’s questions completely.

Divorce and Children
By Pat McChristie

The effects of divorce on children can be lessened by keeping lines of communication open and answering children’s questions completely and in a manner appropriate to their age..

The Academy of Pediatrics suggests having answers to the following questions:

  • Why are you getting divorced?
  • Will you ever get back together?
  • Will we be poor?
  • Will I be able to see Dad or Mom?
  • Will I be able to see my friends, cousins, grandparents?
  • Where am I going to live?
  • Was the divorce my fault?
  • Will I have to change schools?
  • Where will I spend holidays?

The effects of changes and the unpredictability of life during and after divorce can be tempered by calm, complete, and age-appropriate answers to the above questions.

As you deal with your children, try to instill the following:

  • The divorce is not their fault.
  • They are loved and cherished.
  • All feelings are acceptable here.
  • Everyone feels alone or lonely at times.
  • There is no reason to feel ashamed about divorce.
  • Life is always changing.
  • Neither good nor bad situations are permanent.
  • Solving problems is possible and can be an adventure.

Your children are grieving. Grief is a lifetime affair. 

 

 

 

 

 

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