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How Divorce Can Impact Child Development

Learn how divorce can impact child development from Watch Me Grow founder Shirael Pollack in this Howcast video.


Divorce can have a great impact on a child's development. Divorce can be very difficult on a child who's used to their routine, who is used to two parents being at home all the time to now being in a split situation or being kind of moved from one home to another and then being able to co-parent it presents its own challenges as an adult.

Divorce could also present some emotional difficulties for the child. They could feel that maybe they've done something wrong. They could feel a little bit insecure or unsure or what's going on. And feel a little inadequate. That's kind of natural.

The important thing to do is anytime there's any kind of life changing event a child will feel that. A child feels everything. They can sense the energy from the adults in the room. They can sense the energy from the animals in the room. They're very, very perceptive.

What's really important is to provide them with an outlet. Provide them with counseling by a licensed psychologist who can work with the child on how they're feeling as well as perhaps family therapy. This of course should be discussed with your child's pediatrician and with licensed clinicians to better point you in the right direction.

It's also important that anytime a child is going through a difficult time such as a divorce to provide opportunities of fun and play and to make things as happy as you can. So to take them on a trip, take them on an adventure, to talk to them, to make them feel loved and warm is also great. Remember to continue to support your child and their emotional well-being and to seek professional assistance in providing that emotional support for your child when there's a life changing event such as a divorce.

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