Divorce is tough on everybody, but especially children who don’t understand what is happening. Below are some common age related behavioral reactions to divorce.



Birth to 18 months:
increased need for attention.
18 months to 3 years old: Mood swings. More tantrums.
3-5 years old: Increased dependency on the parents. More anxiety when separated from parent.
5-11 years old: Tend to lash out at one of the parents. Have feelings of sadness and guilt.
11-14 years old: Act out more. More likely to succumb to peer pressure in an attempt to gain acceptance.
14-18 years old: Increased need for structure. Anger at disruption of routines. Reluctance to express emotions to parents.

What to do:
1-Communicate with your child: encourage your child to express his or her feelings in a nonjudgmental manner. Realize that your child is going to say things that you are not going to like, but he needs to feel comfortable expressing himself in order to work through the pain and upset.
2-Encourage extracurricular activities: Physical outlets will help your child to work out his emotions in a socially acceptable fashion.
3-Consider counseling for your child: This option will allow your child the opportunity to share his feelings without fear of hurting or alienating his parents.

Divorce attorneys are interested in winning the case for their clients. How the case will affect your child is, at best, only a secondary concern.

Your child is going to react badly to the divorce. It is the responsibly of both parents to help the child through the process.

Read more. Go to:

Child Behavior Following a Divorce</a>

Warmly,

    Anthony Kane, MD
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