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How a divorce affects the kids

Parents in Colorado should consider what the breakup may do to their kids. The effects vary depending on their ages, and if parents have an idea of what the consequences are maybe that will help them do a better job of helping the kids cope.

According to Parents.com, the age of the child will help determine the understanding level and life impacts of the divorce.

18 Months and Younger 

Young ones do not have an understanding of what is happening, but they do sense conflict. They may react with emotional outbursts, excess clinging and develop more slowly.

18 Months to 3 Years

They may feel like they caused the breakup because the world revolves around them. Some impacts may include potty training resistance, trouble sleeping or a return to baby-like behavior.

3 Years to 6 Years

Children at this age have a hard time with separating parents. As a result, they may have unkind thoughts, unspoken anger and frequent nightmares.

6 to 11 Years

Younger school-aged children may have feelings of loss and will often try to get the parents back together. Older ones may place blame on one parent for the divorce. Some impacts on these children may include depression, fighting, anxiety or stress-caused health symptoms.

According to Very Well Health, kids of any age tend to struggle the most during the first couple years after a divorce. While they get better, very few get back to how they were before the divorce. Some of the ways parents can help ease long-term psychological effects include:

  • Co-parenting peacefully
  • Monitoring the activities of adolescents
  • Using consistent rules and discipline
  • Teaching coping skills
  • Empowering the child
  • Ensuring the child feels secure and safe

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