Adults handle divorce differently. Some find new hobbies, immerse themselves in work, or even take on crazy adventures and excursions. Children on the other hand, are completely different. Not knowing how to handle their feelings they may act out, become secluded and independent or worse, start hanging out with the wrong crowd. Read our tips on knowing when your child needs help handing your divorce:
Issues at School
Children from divorced families tend to be at higher risks for not doing well in school, especially when they get older. Studies have shown that teens from divorced families are two times more likely to drop out of school all together. It’s important that both parents are aware of their child’s efforts in school and meet with teachers together when there are causes for concern.
Divorced parents tend to give older child parental roles over their younger siblings. While extra help may be needed around the house, giving them supervisory roles should be left to the adults.
Extended Family Relationships
Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins can all provide support during a divorce. Children that have close relationships with their extended family should still be able to communicate with them, even after the divorce. Not only will this decrease adjustment issues later on, but provide necessary guidance and support while they go through this emotional and difficult time.
Outlook on Life
Children of divorced parents tend to have a negative outlook on life. They are more susceptible to using tobacco products and other drugs, developing low self-esteem and becoming depressed. Younger children can feel that the divorce is their fault, leading them in a different form of depression.
Divorce is hard on everyone involved, but more so on the children. They can be affected in different ways, with some children not coming to terms with the divorce until they are well in their teens. It’s important to talk to your kids and let them know its okay to talk to you about how they are feeling.
Looking For a San Diego Family Divorce Lawyer?
If you are going through a difficult separation or contemplating divorce, the office of Alan Edmunds and his San Diego Divorce Attorneys can help guide you through the legal process during this very emotional time. Contact The Edmunds Law Firm today by calling (760) 634-7630 or filling out our online contact form.