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3 ways to help your child cope with divorce

Your child didn't decide to get a divorce, but he's going through it with you. As a parent, it is important to make sure your child feels secure during the changes that are coming. Your child may feel overwhelmed or lash out in response to the changes, but there are a few ways you can help him adjust to divorce.

Even if your son doesn't seem to have a problem with the divorce, it's a good idea to talk to him about the changes that are coming. Since children like to feel like they are in control, this will help you ease into the transition. Here are a few other helpful tips for dealing with divorce.

1. Talk about the changes positively

Talk about the changes that are going to happen positively. For example, you could make it sound negative that your child will have to live between homes, but it's better to focus on why that's awesome for your child. Explain that he will have two rooms, be able to spend individual time with each parent and other benefits of living apart.

2. Make special plans

To make sure your child feels loved, you should set aside a time for your own special plans. Whether it's going to see a movie or going to dinner, your child will appreciate the one-on-one time together. Don't talk about the divorce. Make it a rule that this day out is to be focused on your child's happiness.

3. Eliminate conflict

Children are sensitive to arguments and feelings. If you and your spouse are going to argue about the divorce, make sure your child isn't where he can hear it. Better yet, take time to head to counseling or mediation, so you can focus on working through conflicts without arguing.

These are a few tips to help your child get through divorce. With the right time dedicated to supporting your child, he will feel more comfortable with the process.

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