Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

The physical leaving of one parent, whether as a result of death, divorce or abandonment is very traumatic for any age child. It results in serious emotional stress for the children.

 

Children between 5 and 10 years of age suffer more openly. They become very distressed, experiencing: loss, rejection, guilt and loyalty conflicts.

 

Children between 9-12 years are more realistic and have a clearer understanding of what is happening.

HOW CAN YOU HELP THE CHILD?

e.g.  “Mommy and Daddy have not been getting along for some time now and have decided that it will be better if we part.” Children do not need to know all the painful reasons for the divorce.

 

Finally

Try to change as little as possible, the circumstances under which they live, e.g.

Do not put the eldest child in the role of the parent who has left-children, like you, need adult support and comfort.

Fouzia Ryklief – Social Worker

The Parent Centre

Helping Children Through Positive Parenting

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