Jan 3, 2014
New Guest Blog Series: Children of Divorce Speak Out
Divorce is one of life’s greatest challenges, especially for the children whose parents are divorcing. One thing is certain: Most children handle divorce the same way their parents do.
Adults who go through divorce experience extremely difficult emotions including sadness, anxiety, fear and anger. These are quite normal reactions to a very abnormal time of life.
Children also experience similar emotions; however, their parents definitely determine how intense they are and how much they impact the child’s well-being. Parents who put their children’s well-being above all else manage to make this a “speed bump” for their children on the road of life. Parents who directly involve their children in their divorce and difficult emotions create a “mountain” for their children to overcome on the road of life.
My next few blogs will be dedicated to giving two young people a voice to discuss how they have experienced their parents’ divorce. One person has been fortunate to have parents who have kept their conflict between themselves and continued to have a healthy co-parenting relationship for the benefit of their children. The other has been living in a “war zone” where they are directly involved in their parents’ conflict and suffer the consequences along with their siblings.
It is my hope that this series will open parent’s eyes to see how they impact their children and also, to give children of divorce a voice so that they may be heard.