By: Camila Dos Santos, M.Ed.
Tip 2: Don’t take misbehavior or negative emotions by young kids personally.
Going through a divorce is hard on the entire family. It’s important for parents to remember not to take the things that their children may do personally. When children are struggling to deal with a situation, they can respond by misbehaving or through other negative emotions, such as anger, anxiety, or frustration.
If you notice that your child(ren) seems overwhelmed, consider going for a walk outside and giving them an opportunity to talk about it or doing an arts and crafts project together while asking them open-ended questions about their feelings.
Having coping strategies in place can help minimize negative behaviors in young children and help the entire family cope with tough days during a divorce. However, it may not prevent misbehavior entirely, and so parents must remember not to take this personally during a divorce.
This series was adapted from the following article.