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Protecting your child's emotional well-being after divorce

Divorcing families in Kentucky will have to go through a period of emotional distress and turmoil. No matter how a divorce is handled, it's still an upheaval to a person's day-to-day style of living. It will take adjustment, and the emotional and mental health of all family members may need to be taken care of in order to avoid potential scars.

Psychology Today points out that divorce can hurt children of any age, including ones who are no longer young. In children of all ages, going through a divorce can cause a drop in motivation, behavioral problems, trouble with studies or hobbies that the child previously held a strong interest in, or loss of energy and despondency. Physical symptoms can also occur, including migraines, weight loss or gain, and insomnia.

When a family is working to combat these effects on children, joint parenting can make a big difference. This will allow both parental figures to continue playing a role in the child's life, which helps to mitigate feelings of isolation or fears that the family will love the child less when the parents aren't together. Reassurance that the child has done no wrong is also of crucial importance, because self-blame and guilt cemented during childhood can cause many problems in later life. Finally, no matter how old a child is, there are some things they simply shouldn't be privy to. Certain matters of a divorce should be kept private, though it's up to parental discretion to decide what that may be.

Divorce Magazine also mentions the fact that dealing with the emotional fallout of a divorce is not a one-time thing. It's something that will come in waves. Like most other grief-processing issues, there will be bad days and good days. The important part is creating the tools necessary to get through the bad days.

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