The teen years are tough enough without going through a major trauma, so it is important to recognize the impact divorce can have on a teenager when the storm hits. Here are a few ways to help your teen cope with the divorce of their parents.
Understand that a teenager needs time to process what is going on and will have a full range of emotions to go through. Be patient and allow them the opportunity to express themselves. Give them the flexibility of swinging from one emotion to another as they figure out how to deal with their new reality with the assurance that they are loved unconditionally. Continue reading
When the relationship between mom and dad is dissolving, it is important to reaffirm and strengthen relationships between parent and child. Scheduling regular time for fun and relaxation together will help you connect with your child. As you focus on your child and engage with them in an activity that you can both enjoy, you will create happy memories and increase the positive feelings in your relationship.
Schedule a Consistent Time For Fun
Doing something fun with your child does not have to be elaborate or expensive, but it does require some planning and your deliberate attention. It will add to your child’s sense of stability to schedule a consistent time each day or each week to do activities with your child. While some evenings and weekends might not be open, at least one evening a week can be set aside as time for playing and enjoying each other’s company with no disruptions or distractions. Once you settle on a specific time, write it on the calendar and talk with your son or daughter about your idea. As you come up with ideas together you can build the excitement surrounding these dates and give your child something to look forward to. Continue reading