With her permission, I shared this with her mother, who, of course, was shocked.Research shows when a parent takes the time to listen to a child’s difficulties (in general, but especially after divorce), the child feels supported and is more able to view the divorce as something that was necessary rather than as a huge obstacle in life.
Here are some tips to help you create the best set of circumstances for your children when you begin dating after a divorce or breakup. Let children know, frequently, how important they are and how much you love them.
I remember meeting with a teenager who was part of a blended family.
Children are often not aware of all the reasons behind their behavior, and it can be difficult for them to articulate even those reasons they are aware of.
I find the best way to handle the situation is to take a position of friendliness. As a parent, your job is to provide your child with love, stable routines, and discipline. Just as spoiling your child may send a message that you do not care, the other extreme is equally nonconstructive.
I have a memory of walking down the street with my mother, around the age of five, thinking about a conversation I’d had with some other children in the schoolyard a few days earlier.