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Divorce and the mental well-being of children

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally taxing experience for both parents and children. During the end of their marriage, parents need to prioritize the mental health of children.

There are various mental health considerations for children during divorce. By taking these issues into account, parents can support their child’s emotional well-being.

Open communication and routines

Maintaining open and honest communication with children about the divorce is vital. Children need age-appropriate explanations and reassurance that they are not to blame for the situation. It is important to create a safe space where children feel comfortable discussing their emotions and asking questions. Parents should also remember how much they can impact their kids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a child’s mental well-being is strongly linked to the mental health of their parent.

Divorce may disrupt the stability and routine that children once knew. Establishing a consistent schedule for visitation, school activities and other important events can help provide a sense of predictability. Consistency in rules, expectations and parenting styles between households can also help kids get used to the new family dynamics.

Emotional expression

Children may experience a range of emotions during a divorce, including sadness, anger, confusion and guilt. Encouraging them to express their feelings through age-appropriate means, such as journaling, drawing or talking to a trusted adult, can be beneficial. Validating their emotions and providing a safe space for expression can help children process their feelings and reduce the risk of long-term psychological distress.

By focusing on their mental health, parents can help children navigate these changes with resilience. Implementing these strategies can create a nurturing environment that promotes the healthy development and adjustment of children during this transition.