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Children and Divorce

Avoid using your kids as go-betweens

(HealthDayNews) -- Divorce can wreak havoc in children's lives, and while there is no step-by-step manual for steering your kids through this traumatic time, there are some common sense guidelines that may make adjustments easier.

If you're going through a divorce, The Nemours Foundation suggests you:

  • Encourage your kids to talk as openly as they can about their feelings, positive or negative.
  • Don't bad mouth your estranged spouse in front of your children, no matter how angry you are.
  • Avoid using your kids as messengers or go-betweens.
  • If there's someone new in your life, expect resistance from your children.
  • Seek out support groups, counseling, and friends in similar situations.
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