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How can I help my child cope with divorce?

When it comes to divorce, parents often have a tough time helping their kids cope. Children are bound to experience a whole host of emotions, from confusion to sadness to anger and everything in between. How you discuss these issues can have an impact however, which will mitigate some of the emotional fallout. KidsHealth.org offers the following tips to help parents and kids in Missouri cope with the prospect of divorce.

Be supportive

Parental support is invaluable to kids going through a divorce. Additionally, you can support your child in many different ways. Ask if they’d like to take a walk to the park, paint a picture, or spend some time watching a favorite movie or TV show. If your child misses the other parent, allow him or her to make a phone to feel more connected.

Take care of yourself

You won’t be much help to your children if you don’t take care of yourself. This entails being physically and mentally healthy, which can be tough when you experience a great deal of stress about the dissolution of your marriage. Make sure you take time for yourself, whether it’s spending time with friends or participating in a beloved hobby. That way you can be there for your kids when they need it most.

Help them express themselves

Children often have a hard time putting their thoughts and feelings into words. Encouraging them to express their emotions is crucial in this case, especially if you notice they seem to be feeling down. Also, make sure they know that the emotions they’re feeling are completely natural. That way they’ll be more likely to share how they’re feeling in the future instead of holding it in.

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