By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.
Website: http://www.startingadaycarecenter.com

Presently, in the United States, the divorce rate is increasing at an astounding rate. Close to 50% of children are growing up in a single parent environment. Children need their parents in order for them to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. If the bond between the parent and the child is broken, harmful consequences may follow that can be traumatic for a child. Divorce is stressful for parents and children alike.

Divorce does not subject children to years of emotional problems or lifelong dysfunction. Exposure to constant parental conflict and unhealthy family situations, however, can. Although children's emotional reactions usually depend on their age at the time of the divorce, many children experience feelings of sadness, anger, and anxiety - and it's not uncommon for these feelings to be expressed in their behavior. Divorce affects children in their school environment, their peer environment, and their family structure. Many divorces are highly emotional and can draw children into conflict, which weighs greatly on how the family functions as a unit.

Divorce can be misinterpreted by children unless parents tell them what is happening, how they would be involved and what will happen to them. Children often believe they have caused the conflict between their mother and father. Many a times, children would go to great lengths in order to gain back their normal family lifestyles.

Following are some suggestions to help you help your child go through divorce in the family:

With good support, children can and do successfully make the adjustment to divorce.

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