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How to Cope with Your Parents' Divorce

Everyone benefits from positive coping strategies when dealing with divorce – learn how.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Stay in touch with both parents Stay in regular contact with both parents. Call, send text messages, or e-mail to ease feelings of missing each other.
  • Step 2: Develop a plan for special events Develop an attendance plan for special events like games, meets, recitals, and concerts. If it isn’t comfortable to have them both there, alternate their attendance.
  • Step 3: Talk to people you can trust Talk to people you can trust to sort out your feelings about the divorce.
  • TIP: Seek out a movie about a divorcing family. Watching a movie with characters you can relate to will help you work through your own feelings.
  • Step 4: Talk to your parents about your feelings Talk to your parents about any concerns, such as money, activities, or visitations.
  • Step 5: Participate in activities Continue to participate in as many day-to-day activities as possible. Extracurricular events will help you stay focused on your own priorities.
  • TIP: Often teens find that relationships with parents improve after a divorce because each parent is happier.
  • Step 6: Draw support from family Stay close to, and draw support from, your siblings or other relatives. Stronger bonds may form among family members when parents separate.
  • FACT: Did you know? According to the 2003 National Vital Statistics Report, over half of all American marriages end in divorce.

You Will Need

  • A telephone
  • An e-mail account
  • Activities

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