Recognizing the Internal Struggle

Divorce is never easy, but it can be even harder on children. Many times, parents don’t realize that their children are struggling until more time has passed. If you’re going through a divorce and you have children, it’s important to be aware of the signs that they may be having a hard time.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the signs that your children may be struggling with divorce. Keep in mind, however, that every child is different, so not all of these signs will apply to every child.

External Behaviors

When children struggle with divorce, they may exhibit signs of behavioral problems, such as acting out in school or at home, being withdrawn and quiet, or having difficulty concentrating. They may also have physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches. Older children may use drugs or alcohol to cope with their feelings. Parents should be aware of these signs and seek help from a counselor or therapist if they notice them in their children.

Internal Signs

It can be hard to tell how a child is feeling on the inside. They may not openly express what they are going through with you or anyone else. Here are some signs that your child may be struggling internally with your divorce:

  • Your child may suddenly start wetting the bed again or have accidents during the day.
  • They may express feelings of sadness, anger, or anxiety.
  • Your child may regress in their behavior, acting younger than their age.
  • They may start having nightmares or become clingy.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to talk to your child about what they are feeling. Let them know that it’s okay to feel sad, angry, or scared and that you are there for them.

Seek Help

If you are concerned that your child may be struggling with the divorce, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. A therapist can help your child process their feelings and develop coping skills. If you are unsure of where to begin or have other questions about divorce, be sure to reach out to the team at The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC. We can help you understand all aspects of divorce as you prepare to make the next move that is best for you and your child.

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