Going through a divorce will be tough on you, undoubtedly. However, you may be even more concerned about how it affects your children. Making sure your children are comfortable with the changes to your family is important, but can be difficult.
Supporting your children before, during and after the divorce process is important and more than possible.
What to do before the divorce
The time before the actual divorce is important. Preparing your children for the process can help them get through it. The way you tell your children about an upcoming divorce is one of the most important steps. You may want to prepare ahead of time for the conversation and make sure you are ready to face their emotions, questions and thoughts.
What to do during the divorce
The actual divorce process is one of the more difficult aspects of the overall endeavor. This is generally the most contentious element of a divorce. Supporting your kids during this time means keeping your arguments between you and your soon-to-be ex, listening to their thoughts and maintaining their routine and daily-life. Maintaining normalcy is important in helping your children get through the divorce.
What to do after the divorce
You may think that the time after the divorce is simpler, but you still need to be careful. The time after a divorce is also important. You can support your children by making sure your parenting plan is thoughtful and detailed.
Divorce is emotional and can be rough. There is not much you can do to avoid that. However, it does not have to be completely terrible for your children.