During a divorce, it’s normal for your kids to feel a range of difficult emotions. But time, love, and reassurance should help them to heal. If your kids don’t bounce back, though, you may need to seek professional help.
So, given that this is a distressing time, what are normal reactions and how can you spot the acute issues. Although strong feelings can be tough on kids, the following reactions can be considered normal for children.
It will take some time for your kids to work through their issues about the separation or divorce, but you should see gradual improvement over time.
If things get worse rather than better after several months, it may be a sign that your child is stuck in depression, anxiety or anger and could use some additional support. Watch for these warning signs of divorce-related depression or anxiety:
Discuss these or other divorce-related warning-signs with your child’s doctor, teachers, or consult a child therapist for guidance on coping with specific problems.
For more information on understanding children’s reaction to divorce, read Why Consider Counseling for Children of Divorce.
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