How to Make Divorce a Little Less Painful for Your Kids

There’s really no nice way to put it. Divorce is often brutal on kids. From the little ones to teenagers, kids of all ages struggle with accepting that their parents are splitting up and that the only family they’ve ever known is changing forever.

As a parent, there are some things you can do, though, to make divorce a little less painful for your kids.

  • Say only good things about your ex—No matter how much you hate your former spouse, you need to respect your kids’ relationship with their other parent. So, try to find positive things to say about your former spouse as a parent.
  • Be a good parent—Your job through all of this is to continue to be the best parent you can possibly be. Things are tough on your kids now, but you still have to offer discipline and demand respect.
  • Let them share their feelings—Your kids are feeling a lot of different things right now, and they may not know how to properly express their emotions. Be there to talk things through with them.

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