Helping children deal with a divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | DIVORCE - Divorce |

Divorce can have a profound impact on children’s emotional well-being. Children may experience feelings of sadness, confusion, anger and anxiety during and after their parents’ divorce.

Fortunately, parents can take steps to minimize these potential challenges.

Creating safe spaces

It is vital for parents to support their children emotionally and create a safe space for them to express their feelings. Maintaining open communication with children, reassuring them of their importance and providing stability can help mitigate the emotional hurdles of divorce. For example, routines can make it easier for children to work through these changes.

Encourage children to talk about their emotions. Listen attentively and validate their feelings without judgment. By recognizing and normalizing their emotions, children can feel heard, understood and supported during this difficult time. Be honest and transparent when discussing the divorce with children. Use simple language and reassure them that they are not to blame for the situation.


Fostering a positive co-parenting relationship and minimizing conflict in front of children can help create a supportive and harmonious environment for them to thrive. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse says that co-parenting can increase a child’s self-esteem, protect their relationship with their parents and decrease behavioral issues. By demonstrating cooperation, respect and effective communication with the other parent, children can feel more secure. This can help them as they adjust to the new family dynamic post-divorce.

By acknowledging and addressing children’s emotional struggles, parents can help them navigate the emotional complexities of divorce with resilience and strength.