Children and Divorce

At ABC, we work with children who have experienced trauma and this includes children whose parents are going through a divorce or who have already divorced. Often times these children are suffering emotionally which can negatively affect school performance, self-esteem and overall mental health.  A divorce can be a traumatic experience for everyone in the family, including the parents, which may result in the child being lost in the shuffle. Often times the child may feel caught between the parents and not know how to continue relationships with one parent without feeling disloyal to the other. Through counseling children of divorce can learn positive coping skills, healthy emotional expression, and have a safe therapeutic environment in which they can share their thoughts and feelings regarding the divorce without any negative consequences. The link below offers helpful tips for parents about how to tell their children about the divorce and what parents can do to help their child through this difficult time.

http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Facts_for_Families_Pages/Children_and_Divorce_01.aspx