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Maintaining bonds with your child after a divorce

In Florida, parents who get a divorce will potentially need to make changes to how they interact with their child. Divorce can be a big shake-up in any child's life, and extra effort might be needed to keep a parent-child relationship at the same comfortable level that it had been prior to the divorce.

FindLaw writes about easing the strain of divorce on a child, which can be vital to maintaining parent-child bonds. One of the best things that one can do to ease fears of abandonment and feelings of loneliness is to always put the children first. No matter how bitter a divorce might be, parents should keep in mind that everything said or done during the process can have a lifelong impact on their children. Make sure that the number one priority is reassuring children that they are wanted, needed and loved. Allow them to understand that this will still be true even after the divorce.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also offers tips for helping children through a divorce, which can benefit parent-child relations in turn. The suggest avoiding waiting until the last minute to let children know, and keeping the explanation simple and straight-forward. Make reassurances that the child will still be loved and be sure to emphasize that the divorce is not their fault. If possible, both spouses should be present to tell the child. Neither should air personal grievances with their spouse in front of the child.

Unfortunately, because of the traumatic nature of any upheaval, divorce may still negatively impact a child. However, these steps will help to reduce their stress and fear.

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