Most parents worry about the emotional effects of divorce on children. They may be worried enough to decide divorce is not “the right thing to do” and try to save their marriage. They may recognize that divorce is inevitable but be plagued with concern about how it is affecting their children.
It is important, then, that parents have a clear idea of what exactly the psychological effects of divorce of divorce on children are. Continue reading
These days, it is hard to come by an individual who does not know someone who has been divorced, or who has not been divorced themselves. In Hollywood, divorce is seemingly becoming a common occurrence, while paving the way for a society where we’re not only getting married later in life, but also searching for an almost unrealistic level of happiness in our marriage. Continue reading
Whatever you do to minimize the impact of divorce on children, one effect is unavoidable:change. A child’s sense of safety and security is developed through consistency – a life that is much the same from day-to-day. Consequently, change is unsettling at best, and deeply disturbing at worst. Continue reading
A study done with more than 200 divorced mothers and their children shows that divorce counselling can help kids avoid trouble when they get into their teen years.
I’ve summarized a report on the study by SAMHSA below and you can read the complete article on this page.
It’s easy to think of our children as vulnerable and at risk from the effects of divorce, teens included. They’re at an age when they’re forming a strong sense of identity. Will divorce hamper this important process? Not necessarily, according to a study excerpt I came across today.
It suggests that rather than falling victim to divorce, teens can (and often do) manipulate the situation to their advantage. That in this way, divorce is an opportunity for teens to establish and assert their identity, and gain a new found sense of authority. Continue reading
Parents worry about how divorce will affect their children but it’s easy to forget how resilient – and astute – children can be. At the end of the day, via some tears and tantrums, they are capable of accepting your decision to divorce.
The more children accept divorce, the less divorce affects children. However, their acceptance depends on two things. Firstly, how well you communicate with your children and secondly, whether or not your decision to divorce makes sense in their black-and-white world. Continue reading
There are thousands of studies and statistics relating to the effects of divorce on children. In most cases, the outlook is pretty gloomy, making the decision to divorce that much more difficult for people with children.
There’s no doubt that children of divorce do experience emotional and behavioural problems. What troubles me is these studies and statistics give the impression that divorce is solely responsible for those problems.
I think this is unrealistic. And I think it’s dangerously misleading for people trying to do the right thing by their children. Continue reading
A recent statistic shows that almost half of all marriages end in divorce. Divorce is difficult for everyone involved, but maybe the hardest on children. Most often they experience many feelings that they do not understand. They go through a range of emotions and need their parents to understand. If you are going through a divorce getting to understand how your children are dealing with it is important. Continue reading