For young children, routines are very important. Unfortunately, with divorce, routines are usually ruined. New routines have to be put into place as you begin working with a custody schedule and have different homes for your child to live in.
The trouble with breaking a child’s routine is that it can take time for them to adjust, and they could act out or struggle psychologically with those changes. Though you and your ex-spouse are not living together, there are some things you can do to help.
1. Try to maintain the same routine in new homes
One thing that helps children is to have the same routine in new homes. For instance, if your child’s bedtime routine is to take a warm bath, have a drink of water, listen to a story and go to bed, try to maintain this in both homes.
2. Have good communication about your child’s moods and actions
Another good tip is to make sure you and your ex-spouse are communicating about your child’s actions and mood. That way, you can take steps to help them cope, even if they are acting out or upset at the other parent’s home. Simple things, like giving your child more time to play, could help them get out anxious energy and work through their frustrations or fears.
3. Consider a child psychologist
Finally, consider working with a child psychologist if your child is having a hard time coping. They can talk to you about great methods for guiding your child through a major event such as a divorce.
With these tips, you can help your child cope better and get back to their normal personality.