By Lisa Rene Reynolds M.D.
Divorce may have a devastating impression on teenagers. but for households who rigorously think of and deal with the intricacies linked to this hard and provoking time, the relations, as obvious from the kid's viewpoint, can stay robust, fit, and as loving and supportive because it ever used to be. "Still a family members" in actual fact and concisely lays out the explicit feelings and reactions mom and dad have to expect from their childrens whereas dealing with separation, divorce, and its aftermath. instead of weighing mom and dad down with complex plans, complicated info, and felony terminology, this booklet takes a common sense technique, supplying readers in a kingdom of emotional misery with the sensible, down-to-earth suggestion they should sensibly and comfortingly consultant their youngsters via this frequently painful procedure. The publication covers the commonest error divorcing mom and dad are likely to make, in addition to addressing specific concerns that arise for children of alternative age teams. this can be a much-needed repository of knowledge and useful counsel for any relations facing a time of height-ened emotions and fragile relationships.
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This was their clue to refocus quickly. Give Up Control over the Other Parent’s Parenting When a couple divorces, neither parent has control over how the other parent parents. Parenting is a right, not a part in a play that someone else wrote. No one is perfect, and each parent will have to make mistakes in order to find his or her own way. Of course, if one parent is neglecting or endangering a child, that’s a different story. 18 The Bad News and the Good News . . and How to Make More of the Good N ews Try to keep conversations with the other parent away from criti- cizing what he or she does differently than you do.
You’re not going to little Johnnie’s play tonight. So let’s talk about how this might affect Johnnie. Who’s going to tell him you won’t be there? ” whenever either of them felt their conversation was deteriorating. This was their clue to refocus quickly. Give Up Control over the Other Parent’s Parenting When a couple divorces, neither parent has control over how the other parent parents. Parenting is a right, not a part in a play that someone else wrote. No one is perfect, and each parent will have to make mistakes in order to find his or her own way.
Help your chil- dren channel the emotional energy into something; doing and playing can often yield much better results. The following is an example of how play elicited far more information than talking could have with a very young child I saw for therapy. “James” was a two-year-old boy whom the court mandated to attend a few therapy sessions with me after he exhibited a great deal of anger; namely, hitting and biting his parents and other 38 Redu c ing t he Ris k of Trau matizin g Your Ch ildren children at his day care.