Major life changes, like divorce, effect every child and every family differently. At the same time, though, there are some common effects of divorce that you should be aware of, because it's your help and intervention that will make the difference in your child's ability to cope.
Children of Different Ages
In addition, it's important to be aware that children of different ages display stress in different ways. For example, a toddler may show signs of regression, while a teenager may have difficulty concentrating on school work. Knowing where your child is at developmentally can help you differentiate between a sign that your child needs your intervention and a sign that your child is simply going through a "phase" related to his or her emotional and physical development.
Recognize Red Flags
Don't be afraid to seek help, and never ignore red flags suggesting more serious issues, such as: becoming violently aggressive, self-medicating with alcohol or drugs, cutting, or expressing suicidal thoughts. Any concerns you have should be shared immediately with your child's doctor or therapist.
For more information, read Recognize Effects of Divorce in Your Child, which includes specific action steps you can take to help your kids through every stage of child development:
- Effects of Divorce in Infants and Toddlers
- Effects of Divorce in Preschoolers
- Effects of Divorce in School Age Children
- Effects of Divorce in Tweens and Teens