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Children and Divorce: Nine Things to Do and Not to Do

By Nottage and Ward on January 23, 2013

In 2011, over six million U.S children were coping with living with divorced parents. Many children may need help getting through their parents’ divorce. As reported on webmd.com, family therapist, Isolina Ricci, PhD, author of Mom’s House. Dad’s House, suggests using the following nine tips to lessen the negative effect of divorce on children:

  • Do not denigrate your spouse in the eyes of your child.
  • Do not use your children as substitute therapists. Don’t confide in them about adult matters such as money worries, for example.
  • Do not stray away from family routines. Try to keep change to a minimum.
  • Ask only general questions about time spent in your ex-spouse’s home. Don’t be meddlesome.
  • Don’t give in to feelings of guilt you may have over the divorce. Remain the parent you always were. Don’t shower your child with gifts or privileges in order to “make up” for the divorce.
  • Do go look for help from a family therapist or mediator if you and your ex-spouse cannot get along without being hostile to one another.
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