Your decision to divorce was the last thing you wanted to tell your kids, but it is information they need to know. While they may not have to move out of Texas, they can expect some major changes in several other areas in their lives.
U.S. News & World Report explores how you can help your kids mentally cope with the news of your divorce. Take some time out to check in on your kids to ensure they have a healthy emotional and mental grasp of the situation.
In regards to common emotional reactions from adolescents after learning about their parents’ divorce, expect anxiety, stress and depression, which often last for as many as nine months. One thing to stress here is that such emotional reactions are normal. That said, not all reactions are necessarily healthy. While you will undoubtedly grow worried about your son or daughter having such a reaction, you can take steps to help him or her cope.
One of the best things you can do for your kids to help them is to keep the lines of communication open. Remember, divorce is just as disruptive to a child’s life as it is to a parent’s. Letting kids know they can talk to you and that you have time for them can help them make sense of their emotions.
Going back to unhealthy reactions, you may want to consider having your child see a therapist who specializes in kids of divorced/divorcing parents. Such professionals have the experience and education necessary to help not only your kids cope, but you, as well.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.