You do not want your divorce to affect your shared kids any more than necessary. Do you know how you can help to protect their mental health during this time?
U.S. News & World Report offers tips for you to use. Understand how you can help your kids not only in the months to follow but also in the years ahead.
Short-term mental health struggles
According to research, adolescent children often experience short-term mental health issues for as many as nine months after their parents divorce. That said, left unaddressed, anxiety, stress and depression could become long-term issues. While experiencing their mother and father parting ways, young children may think about issues that they never did before. Parents may want to consider therapy or other mental and emotional support resources to help their kids.
Divorcing parents must know that children who react to divorce with anger, anxiety, depression and stress do not always need immediate therapy. These emotional responses are normal. Helping kids manage their emotions becomes an essential component of aiding them in navigating divorce. One way that parents can do this is by making themselves available for talking about the divorce with their kids, making sure their children know the lines of communication are open.
Just as married parents work together to raise their children, divorced parents must also team up to raise their kids in the aftermath of divorce. Parents and kids all need a new foundation for proper stability in the years ahead.
Kids of divorced parents often require a psychological safety net to protect and improve their mental health. Now you have a better idea of how you can help your kids grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults.