How to Talk to Children About Divorce

With a near 50% divorce rate in the country and the bulk of those affecting children ages three to six, how can you help children and reduce the challenges of divorce?

Dr. Allana Coffee ( advises that all divorces aren’t automatically bad for children, but there is an adjustment that children experience that parents can help them with. She says some of the effects include distraction at school, acting out, internalizing or shutting down, appetite changes, and sleep changes.

To reduce negative outcomes for kids, she suggests not to fight in front of the children and maintain schedules as much as possible. “As children age, be aware of their growing interests and strengths; and be mindful of transitions, pick up and drop offs. Kids love both parents. Speak respectfully of the other,” she adds.

For support and more information, Hawaii Psychology Collective has classes in co-parenting for conflicting and separating parents.

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