Children of Wealthy Families Are More Affected By Divorce

Child Development | DivorceAdviceForChildren.comAccording to an article published in TIME magazine based upon a recent study, children of wealthy families tend to have greater behavior problems than children of poor families who also experience divorce. However, the study also found that wealthier children benefit more from being integrated into stepfamilies than poorer children do. The study was originally published in the journal titled Child Development.

The study also revealed that the negative impacts of divorce was most true for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. Developmental psychologists have known that the age of children during a divorce indicates the level of reaction they may have to a parental separation. The most vulnerable stage for children is ages 3-5 years old. Certainly, divorce can have significant impacts on the children of the family. However, those influences depend on the age(s) of the children, and they are far more significant if children are between the age of 3 and 5 years old. Continue reading

A Want List from Children of Divorcing Parents

Parental Divorce | DivorceAdviceForChildren.comWhen parents separate or go through a divorce, it might feel like uncharted territory. It might feel like you’re not sure what to say to your children because of anger, shame, resentment, and frustration that surrounds your relationship with your spouse.

However, the absence of your comforting words and support can make children feel like the divorce is their fault. It’s important that throughout the tumultuousness of the change, you help your children feel loved, support, and wanted. Because otherwise, they’ll feel unloved, unsupported, and unwanted.

In fact, the University of Missouri did a survey of children experiencing parental divorce. Based upon their responses, researchers developed the following want list from children of divorcing parents: Continue reading