Divorce is hard on children, so parents must ensure that they are watching for signs that their children are getting stressed. There are many signs that can point to this possibility, so pay close attention to how your children are faring.
Stress can cause many things to happen to kids. One of the primary considerations is that divorce impacts their emotional health. This can lead to them struggling in different ways, including in their ability to cope with changes.
There are physical signs of stress that might be present. A child who is fully potty-trained starting to wet the bed again. Headaches, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomachaches and changes in sleep patterns can all occur. It is important that you rule out possible health issues when you are trying to discern what is happening.
Your child might also suffer from behavioral challenges during the divorce. Some kids might throw tantrums or cause problems in school. Regressive behaviors, e.g., an older child sucking their thumb or starting to talk like a baby might also happen.
If you notice signs of stress in your children, think about how you might be able to help them. In some cases, they are worried about what’s coming so explaining the new schedule might help them to feel at ease. You might also need to help them find ways to relieve the stress. This might be doing an activity they enjoy or taking the time to just relax.
Working with your co-parent might help you to address all the child’s concerns. Not only does this provide a united front before the kids, it also lets them know that both parents are concerned about their well-being.