Often, Texas parents with child custody expect that the majority of the problems that they may have to face with their children are over after the final divorce proceedings. After all, some of the most tumultuous times that the parents encounter are during the actual proceedings, in which a child can often be quiet. Unfortunately, as parents with child custody are quick to find out, the end of divorce doesn’t necessarily mean that the children are ready to move on.
One thing which is absolutely essential for children going through divorce is consistency. After going through a divorce, children often yearn for some sense of normalcy and can get even more stressed when things are different from the way that they were. For this reason, it may be good to keep things consistent, such as bedtimes and traditions, as much as possible. Parents should also realize that, because of this, children might be upset when a new love relationship is introduced.
Another thing that parents should expect is that the children may feel confused as they watch their parents divorce. Parents should tell them in a gentle way why they decided to split up. Furthermore, parents should reassure their children that the divorce is not their fault. Finally, parents should never badmouth the other spouse in front of the children.
It often takes children longer to recover from a divorce. Because of this, many Texas parents with child custody can be frustrated. However, the feelings shown by children are often temporary. With guidance and support, parents can often navigate transition period in a positive manner which is ultimately beneficial for the child.
Source: Scripps News, “Parents can help children navigate shoals of divorce,” Barbara Rhode, July 26, 2012