How to help children deal with divorce

Charlotte Reznick, PhD Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents on how to best help their kids deal with divorce and how to help get them through the process
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How to help children deal with divorce

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Divorce is a fact of life. It’s not going away. Most kids would rather their parents stay together but that's not always possible. What I suggest is for you both to always remember how much you love your child, how you really want to put their best interest forward. So, you don’t want to involve them in your anger, in your squabbles. You want to protect them from that because it’s not fair to put the child in the middle. I have so many kids that felt they’ve been torn apart and that's not really what you want to do for your child so what I suggest if you possibly can is don’t speak badly about the other parent, don’t fight with the other parent in front of the child and really encourage a good relationship with the other parent and take your own upsetness or anger and take that to your friends, to your therapist. Get your own help but it’s best for the child not to involve him. What’s really important to remember is your kids want to know concrete information. They're going to worry where they're going to live, who they're going to live with, when they're going to see the other parent, how will it affect their school. So, you want to give them clear information and let them know how their lives will be affected. If you don’t know all the answers, that's okay. Just let them know that both parents will work on it and work at that so it’ll be okay for them.

Charlotte Reznick, PhD Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents on how to best help their kids deal with divorce and how to help get them through the process

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Charlotte Reznick, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Charlotte Reznick, PhD, is a child educational psychologist, a former UCLA Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, and author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success. Dr. Reznick is also creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity and Empowerment, a mindful, positive coping skills program, and writer/producer of several therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens and parents. In addition to her private practice, she is a frequent media consultant, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children's imagination.

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