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How divorce affects children

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2019 | Divorce

Parents in Florida who are going through divorce are under a lot of stress and emotional turmoil, and these increase when the children are taken into account. Divorce affects children of all ages, and the negative effects can follow the kids into adulthood. While divorce is hard on everyone, parents can mitigate the effects by following certain strategies. 

According to Focus on the Family, kids can suffer in numerous ways when parents split up. Some effects include:

  • Academic issues
  • Behavioral problems
  • Increased drug and alcohol use
  • Psychological and emotional distress
  • Poor health
  • Increase in juvenile crime

In addition to the children’s feelings of abandonment, an increase in post-divorce issues may also be due to the fact that each parent is more focused on their own wellbeing and pursuit of happiness. This can reduce the amount of time and attention they give to their kids.

Very Well Family outlines some strategies parents can take to help their children deal with the divorce in the best way possible. One is to keep fighting to a minimum. No matter what issues they may be going through, both parents should have a peaceful and united front when co-parenting. Focusing on the parent-child relationship is also important. Parents who maintain a healthy bond through communication and warmth typically have kids who perform better academically and have higher self-esteems.

Parents should make sure their kids feel safe and loved, and they should also encourage certain coping skills to help them deal with the divorce. Parents should be on the same page in regard to rules, and consistent disciple when necessary can help reduce delinquency.