As we are all too well aware, divorce is not uncommon among today’s families. For children of divorce, this change in family dynamic can feel confusing, emotional, stressful, and sometimes uncertain. Fortunately, the kinds of support children need during this time of transition tend to be things parents provide automatically: unconditional love, open lines of communication, and reassurance that things are not their fault. And fortunately, children are extremely resilient. In fact, this article points to research showing that most children recover fine after a divorce.
If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, the following handouts may be helpful.
Divorce: A Parents' Guide for Supporting Children
Children and Divorce
Also, a couple of websites to check out. First, Sesame Street offers "toolkits" on a variety of topics, including divorce. The site provides short videos for children, activities parents can do with their children, and other helpful tips and resources.
Helpguide.org is another great resource that provides excellent information on a variety of topics.
If you're looking for books to read with your children, below are some titles to consider (click on the image to open a new page):