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Helping Kids Cope with Divorce

The strain is tough on children, too

(HealthDay) -- Divorce is stressful -- on adults and their children. And that stress can manifest itself in many ways in kids, from moodiness and acting younger than they are, to sleeping or eating troubles and a change in personality.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy has advice to ease the stress for your children:

  • Both parents should tell the kids about the divorce together;
  • Any questions should be answered honestly, but without potentially upsetting details;
  • Assure children they will be cared for;
  • Let children know they're not to blame for the split.

After the divorce, there's more work to be done to help your kids adjust. The association says it's important to be prompt about visitation times and that both parents need to be involved in school activities.

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