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Signs your children are struggling to cope with your divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Divorce

Divorce is a difficult experience for everyone involved, especially children. Even if the divorce itself was amicable, the changes it brings can be stressful and confusing for kids. 

While some children adjust quickly, others may struggle to cope. You should be aware of some of the most common signs that your child might need extra support after your divorce.

Emotional changes

Children going through a divorce often experience a rollercoaster of emotions. They might feel sad, angry, anxious, or even guilty.  These feelings can manifest in different ways.  Some children may become withdrawn and quiet, while others may act out in anger or frustration.  Pay attention to any sudden changes in your child’s mood or behavior.

Changes in behavior

Changes in behavior are another common sign that a child is struggling to cope with divorce. This could include problems at school, such as difficulty concentrating or declining grades.  They may also experience changes in sleep or eating patterns.  Some children may even start wetting the bed again or become more clingy.

Physical symptoms

Sometimes, the stress of divorce can manifest itself physically. Children may experience headaches, stomachaches, or other physical complaints that have no clear medical cause.  They may also get sick more often or have trouble sleeping.

Changes in relationships

Divorce can also affect a child’s relationships with others. They may withdraw from friends or family members or become more argumentative. Monitor your child’s interactions with others and be there to support them if they’re having trouble.

What you can do

If you notice any of these signs in your child, it’s important to reach out for help. Talk to your child’s pediatrician or a therapist who specializes in working with children of divorce.  There are also many resources available online and in your community that can offer support.

Remember, even though all the aspects of divorce are important, your child’s well-being is the most important thing. By being open and supportive, you can help them through this difficult time.

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