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The Best Way for Parents to Handle Stress and Divorce

Divorce can cause a range of emotions, and it’s important to recognize that these feelings are normal. Here are some tips for parents to help with stress and divorce: 

  • Routines: Keep routines intact to provide structure and stability for your child. 
  • Grief: Acknowledge your grief, even if you’re an adult. 
  • Respect: Be respectful of the other parent. It’s harmful to children when parents criticize each other. 
  • Discipline: Establish age-appropriate rules and follow through with consequences. 
  • Feelings: Let your child know that it’s okay to feel their feelings. 
  • Communication: Communicate with your ex about your child’s needs. 
  • Support: Find a support group and take time to recuperate. 
  • Children’s best interests: Before contacting your ex, consider how your actions will affect your child. 
  • Be there for your children: Be there for your children. 

It’s important to remember that your children have a right to their feelings. If you try to force a “happy face,” your kids may be less likely to share their true feelings with you. 

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