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Your children learn from what you do during a divorce

A divorce is a big deal in anyone's life. When you have children who are watching you and your ex as you handle the divorce, you have to think about how those little people are going to be impacted by what they see. If you handle the divorce in an amicable way, your children will notice this. Conversely, if you act in a hateful or spiteful manner, they will remember that.

There are several things that children can learn when you are going through a divorce. They can learn compassion if you are being nice and kind during the divorce. This isn't always going to be easy, especially if there are points that you and your ex don't agree on. This is one reason why it is important for you to think about how you reply when you do have to have contact with your ex in front of the children.

Your children can learn that conflict resolution takes effort but that it is possible. When you and your ex handle disagreements in a mature manner, sometimes with a businesslike method, your children can see this. They will remember that even though you didn't get along with your ex that both parties decided to put those differences aside to work through the issues.

Finally, your children can learn that it is possible to cope with changes, even when the changes are difficult. Ultimately, how you react to the divorce can shape those little minds and help to determine how they are going to react in the future when they fact difficult or stressful situations of their own.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "What Will Your Divorce Teach Your Child?," accessed Sep. 29, 2017

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