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Tips to help children adjust to divorce

When parents get divorced, it is important for them to keep their child's interests at heart. While many parents usually want to make sure their children are happy and healthy, some parents might appreciate a few quick tips on how to keep their children happy.

Some parents might fall into the habit of letting their child use the divorce as an excuse for poor performance in school or for bad behavior in general. Children need to learn that circumstances like divorce don't excuse that type of behavior. Using a divorce as a learning experience can help your child learn how to adjust to life's circumstances.

As your child adjusts to the divorce, he or she will need a stable home environment. Of course, there will be some disruptions in the normal routine, but you should try to keep things as normal as possible for your children.

A big part of giving the child a stable home environment means that you will have to be careful about what you say to your child. Your child shouldn't feel like he or she has to choose between you and your ex. Instead, you and your ex should work together to raise your children. This can start as early as working together to come up with the parenting schedule as you work through your divorce.

As you work through your divorce, you might find that your parenting style changes too much. Instead of trying to turn into someone you aren't, focus on being yourself so your child knows what to expect from you. It is important that you not change too much because that might confuse your children.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Reminders for Divorced Moms and Dads," Meerabelle Dey, April. 04, 2015

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