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Safeguarding kids during divorce

Many couples fear getting divorced for the sake of the children. Children are oftentimes the most vulnerable when Alabama parents divorce due to guilt and confusion. However, there are effective ways to handle the matter with children while divorcing.

There are substantial needs of children while parents go through the divorce process. One of the needs is acceptance. Kids usually take it personal by placing blame on themselves for the marriage ending, and parents may want to assure them that they are number one. Another need for children is assurance and safety. Parents may need to go above and beyond to ensure that their children's protection is substantial.

It's vital that parents keep the same routines and assure their children that their environment is predictable instead of having significant changes. Another need for children is structure, especially since there could be a loss of the family leader in the household. This may seem like a time that everything is falling apart for children, and that makes it more imperative that structure is provided. It's recommended that discipline is enforced on a consistent basis along with positive reinforcement for good behavior.

Depending on the nature of the circumstances, divorce can seem chaotic for everyone involved, especially the children. In spite of the apparent chaos, it's important for Alabama parents to let the kids be kids. Do not force children into situations they cannot control, and do not request that the children become involved with adult issues. Putting the children's needs first can help alleviate some of the emotional tension.

Source: The Huffington Post, "What Children Need Most When Their Parents Divorce", , Oct. 6, 2014

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