Parenting After Divorce - A Complete Guide HTML version

There are few adults and parents who are not aware of the challenges and
potential difficulties that divorce imposes on children. There are literally
thousands of books written about the impact of divorce on kids, both from a
positive and a negative perspective. The good news out of this rather
depressing research is that parents, through their actions both towards their
children as well as towards each other, have a huge influence on how
children will adjust to the divorce both in the short and long term.
No parent going through a divorce needs the added stress, anxiety and worry
of how their actions are negatively affecting their children. By understanding
how to minimize the negative aspects of divorce for children, knowing the
typical responses of children to divorce, and working with the other parent to
maintain the loving, nurturing environment that a child needs through the
divorce, parents can help children to adjust to their new lifestyle. Stressing
parent co-operation and communication with regards to raising the child or
children is critical, but so is being civil, respectful and positive towards the
other parent with regards to their abilities to be a wonderful Mom or Dad to
the child.
Many parents struggle to help their children cope with the emotional pain of
divorce and learning to live with Mom and Dad in two separate homes. Very
few children, or parents for that matter, find that the time they get to spend