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How can I help my child cope with divorce?

Your child may have trouble dealing with your divorce. Here are some ways you can help your child:
  • Stay involved with your child, whether or not you live close by. Make regular phone calls, write letters, or e-mail your child. Asking questions and being interested helps your child feel valued and loved.
  • Avoid fighting with your former spouse. If you think of yourselves as a parenting team instead of a couple, it may help you work calmly and in the best interests of your child.
  • Don’t make your child feel guilty for the time spent with the other spouse. It’s important that your child feels free to be close with both Mom and Dad.
  • Avoid making your child the messenger. If you have something to say to your former spouse, communicate it with him or her directly.
  • Remember the saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Never speak ill of your ex-spouse in front of your child or try to make your child take sides.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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