Five Ways the Help Kids Cope After Divorce
Are you struggling to help your children cope with divorce? Children often struggle with divorce and transitioning to the new family life that comes with this situation they didn’t sign up for and parents often struggle with helping said children to cope. How can parents help children to deal with some of these emotional challenges and redirect their thinking to positive things? Below are five ideas to help your children cope with divorce:
Encourage more sports There are so many different types of physical activities that children can get involved in, including soccer, swimming, dancing, gymnastics, boxing, badminton and tennis. Physical activity will change your child’s life and he or she will barely have time between sports and homework to be depressed or to think about divorce. Also, this is an opportunity (especially for the non-custodial parent or the parent who does not live with the child) to increase bonding with the child between picks ups; playoff games, rehearsals and recitals.
Get them into reading by taking them to the bookshop on a regular basis. There are so many cozy little bookshops all over the place that you can take your child on a weekly basis and if you are not near any bookshops, certainly you can take the child to the public library and get them into books and reading. Books take the child’s imagination on to a journey, far away from the land of divorce you and your spouse are in. This teleporting of the child has positive psychological benefits including building self confidence, reducing depression and perhaps helping them develop a talent for writing their own little works of fiction including poetry, fiction and musical compositions.
Travel. Children who travel more are infinitely more aware of their surroundings, learn about other peoples and cultures and develop a stronger sense of their own identities. Globetrotting children tend to become goodwill ambassadors (look at the Jolie Pitts) as well as little adventurers who are too busy and occupied to be unhappy.
Talk therapy. A good old weekly session with a child psychologist can only help your little one keep the divorce in perspective and maintain a healthy outlook for their place in the new family structure and also for their future.
Involve the children in other extracurricular activities. These could include cooking classes, photography, painting, and other art forms, drama/theatre, singing lessons, foreign languages, and school outings.
There are other ways of course to help children. The above ideas are just the threshold. I invite you to add to this list by leaving your comments below.
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