January 8th 2024
Children under 3 years
Parental separation during a child's formative years can have subtle yet significant effects. Children under 3 may display behaviours such as fussiness, clinginess, and possible delays in developmental milestones. It's crucial to maintain a consistent routine, ensure unified parenting approaches, and create a loving and secure environment with the involvement of both parents.
Children aged 3-5
Between the ages of 3 and 5, children develop a better understanding of abstract concepts. The concept of divorce may be challenging, leading to emotional reactions, feelings of responsibility, sleep difficulties, and a heightened need for control. To mitigate these effects, establishing a stable routine, promoting civil communication between parents, avoiding conflicts in the child's presence, and considering mediation are vital.
Children aged 6-12
Elementary school-aged children face distinct challenges during divorce. They are old enough to understand family dynamics, leading to feelings of guilt and conflict. Common questions and statements include expressing a sense of responsibility, questioning love and leaving, and making promises to listen and behave. To assist children aged 6 to 12, parents should minimise conflicts, remain actively involved and offer emotional support.
Divorce can affect children in different ways. Typically it is younger children who become most affected but this can really vary depending on the divorce process, whether it is amicable or not and how the parents respond to the break up and how involved the children are in the process.
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