Support for Parents & Children Dealing with Divorce
Divorce is a major stressful event for children and adults. To children, divorce is confusing. They have so many concerns and questions about how their lives will change. They cannot control what is happening to their family, and they often think that they are responsible for their parent’s divorce. Strong emotions are experienced such as hurt and anger.
For adults and children, divorce is an adjustment that takes time. It is more difficult for some than others, depending on a number of factors. Conflict between parents creates more stress and difficulty for children of divorce. Support from family and friends have a significant impact on coping. Children with little support tend to feel more insecure and worried than children with a good support system.
Signs of difficulty adjusting and accepting divorce are most evident in children’s behavior. There will be changes in their normal patterns, such as irritability and angry outbursts. Some children will become more withdrawn and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Academic problems may arise as a result of changes in your child’s behavior. Children experiencing depression may have a problem focusing on their school work. They exhibit aggressive behavior towards their peers or siblings. For this reason, it is extremely important for children of divorce to get the support and help they need to make healthy adjustments and learn to cope with the change in their family.
Therapy provides the kind of support, direction, and help that can make the difference in your child’s mental and physical health, relationships, and overall outlook. Children need support and help as they deal with the many challenges of divorce. The stress, confusion, and behavioral problems can be significantly reduced with proper and healthy intervention. Many future problems can also be prevented. Children can make a positive transition with family therapy. For children, family therapy can provide a strong and safe support system to help them adjust and cope. The entire family can help them work through their many emotions, release their fears and anger, keep focused and perform their best in school, and maintain good relationships with their parents, siblings, peers, and teachers.