If you feel your divorce is hard for you, imagine how your kids may feel. Some children breeze through divorce relatively unscathed, while others undergo emotional and behavioral issues throughout the process.
In many cases, these behaviors are normal and pass once the trauma of divorce ends. However, most parents in Maryland, are not child behavior experts. As such, they do not know if the behaviors or emotions their children experience during divorce are normal or cause for concern.
Common behavioral changes in children
As stated above, some kids experience unusual emotions and behaviors when their parents are divorcing. Learning about these issues helps you determine how to help your children cope with the divorce.
- Withdrawal behaviors: Some people, regardless of their age, look within for clarity during stressful events. If your child seems to be withdrawing from friends, family members or previously enjoyable activities, it may simply be their way of coping. Keep an eye on your child’s behavior going forward and attempt to engage them in the things they enjoy doing.
- Difficulty focusing: Like you, your child is dealing with many monumental life changes during this time. It is normal and natural for them to be a bit distracted from school and other activities. You can help your child get back on the right track by ensuring that your home environment is stable and filled with comforting routines with which your child is already familiar.
- Regressive behaviors: Young kids going through a parental breakup often revert to behaviors from their younger years. For example, bed-wetting is a common occurrence during a divorce. Although typically natural, if these regressive behaviors continue, your child may benefit from professional counseling.
You can also help your child cope by learning more about Maryland divorce laws. When you are confident in your knowledge about the process, you have more time and energy to devote to the psychological health of your kids.