Providing Support to Your Children Through a Divorce

What are some of the best strategies for providing support to your children through a divorce in Louisville or Central Kentucky?  Many psychologists focus on helping a child to see the divorce as a change of circumstances and not the end of the world.  This perspective combined with both parents remaining emotionally as well as physically involved in the child’s life are keys to supporting children through a divorce.

The perception the child(ren) regarding the ongoing relationship between their parents has a substantial impact on the long term emotional health of the child.  If the parents can remain calm and interact in a productive civil manner it provides the children with an extra layer of protection.

The relationship between the parents has obviously changed, however it is important for the former spouses to understand the profound impact their own conduct and communications will have not only on the divorce experience, but on their lives and the lives of the child(ren) after the decree is issued.  Former spouses who will share parenting after the divorce who are able to maintain calm cooperative communications have a much higher rate of success with their children as well as their own quality of life.

The children will thrive if the rhythms of their lives remain consistent, even though one of the parents may be missing from the picture at times.  Keep them involved in normal activities and friendships.  Prepare yourself prior to interacting with a child, especially if they are acting out.

Providing support to your children through a divorce may require you to separate yourself from your own feelings of hurt, pain, anger or rejection.  Counseling during divorce will help to make transition into parenting plans and child custody arrangements much smoother and healthier for your children.  Learning to manage your own emotional challenges while presenting your child with love and support will help to preserve the best possible environment for a child of divorce.

It will also significantly improve the quality of your life as well as your peace of mind.