How To Help Your Child Through A Separation?

How To Help Your Child Through A Separation?

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We say marriages are made in heaven and they last till the end of time. But, some don’t last forever! Separation is not just tough for the couple but also very stressful for a child. One might choose to opt-out from their marriage, but the kid needs his parents, irrespective. So, it is important for separated parents raising a child to support and help their kid through this phase. How? Read on –

How Can Separated Parents Raising A Child Ensure His Wellbeing?

Be Consistent

Consistency can go a long way in providing comfort and familiarity to the child. Hence, no matter how inconvenient, accommodate your ex-partner while figuring out visitation schedules. Keep a look-out for your child’s behavior. Moodiness, sadness, school problems, change in appetite or sleep are all signs of a problem.

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Encourage honesty

Your child should know that they and their feelings are the most important thing in the world to you. They should be taken seriously. As a result, your child will be able to rely on you and honestly talk about his/her feelings. Only then can you provide them with some solution.

Put feelings into words

It is important for children to be able to voice their feelings. Often children, especially small ones are unable to do so. As a result, this may manifest into something more severe and harmful. So, be a good listener and encourage them to talk about their feelings. 

Provide support

Children need a little hand-holding during this tough phase. It is pivotal to provide all the support you can muster to your child.

Be emotionally healthy

In order to keep your child happy, it is essential to be healthy yourselves. Ensuring this may combat some of the stress that accompanies the stress of divorce. Things will take time to be back on track, for you as well as your child, but hang in there!

Keep details in check

While discussing the divorce be sure you keep the details in check in front of children. This is important if there is an “at fault” part of the divorce and not mutual and amicable.

Get help

Divorce is never easy. Neither on you nor on your child. Therefore, it is always advisable to get some help. This help may be in the form of a support group or someone professional. This sets a good example for kids to talk and stay healthy. 

ThinkRight Recommends:

  • Changes such as these are hard. Know that you and your child will adjust to the situation.
  • Find your inner strength and help your family get over this difficult time in your life.
  • Time will make things better, give time some time.

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