A divorce is a sensitive topic for children that can leave parents overwhelmed. According to Healthline, parents do not always anticipate the impact that divorce will have on their children.
A child’s entire world is changing, they may feel abandoned or out of control and often children do not know how to cope with these emotions. School-aged children may experience anger, guilt and behavioral problems.
Toddlers and young children may show signs of regression. They may have nightmares or fear monsters again. Also, you may witness behaviors such as:
- Temper tantrums
- Thumb sucking
Regression occurs when a child has difficulty adjusting to the transition. To help with regression, you need to be able to reassure your child that he or she is safe. Keep your child’s environment consistent to help him or her acclimate.
Children of divorce may suffer from self-image issues, may feel low or sad following the divorce. These children have a higher risk of clinical depression. Along with depression, they may turn to food for comfort or have trouble sleeping. When upset, it is easy for children to let their grades slip. Open and honest discussions with your children can help and so can talks with a therapist.
Children who were once social and talkative may become shy or fearful. They may withdraw from social situations with friends and family. Social anxiety may also come with separation anxiety. Your children may ask about the other parent when he or she is not there and show signs of anxiety. To help alleviate anxiety, keep a consistent routine and use calendars to help your child visualize visitations.