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Your child's emotional health depends on it." "Teenagers like to feel in control, and divorce turns their world upside down," Neuman says."Don't fall into the trap of sharing divorce details or your angry feelings about your ex with your older kids. You can suggest your child write down his feelings and share them with your ex, but only if the child wants to do so. Healing comes through a loving connection and from feeling understood." "I tell parents to treat their child's weekend away with their ex-spouse as if the child has just visited an aunt or uncle," Neuman says.
What is especially important to consider as attachments deepen is what roles from early childhood will your partners feel compelled to re-live and pressure you to re-live with them.Making your child your cohort is wrong and does them damage." "Kids need to feel as if they are understood," Neuman says, and after a divorce their feelings may be in turmoil. So ask your kid fun and general questions, which diffuses tension.And then let it go." Many divorced parents reading these tips may recognize mistakes they've unintentionally made with their own kids.They either convince themselves they are better off not going beyond getting their feet wet (at best) or they deny and minimize their fears, which can lead to making reckless plunges. Well, the chronically painful realities of divorce that involve children may be likened to having a chronic and debilitating illness like arthritis.Instead of periodic flare ups of painful inflammation of muscles and joints we are left dealing with periodic flare ups of our children’s painful struggles to come to terms with our divorces, flare ups of our own painful struggles to come to terms with divorce and episodic painful dealings with our divorced spouses.The thematic threat that holds my recommendations together is the adage: “finding a suitable partner is about racing in slow motion.” Like a well schooled marathoner runner, we are less likely to drop out of the race by virtue of hitting an impenetrable wall of disappointment, frustration and discouragement if we hold back, hold back, and hold back some more despite impulses to fall in infatuation in the early stages of a relationship.
Most relationships destined to end when the blooms of infatuation fades are likely to end in the first six months.
We don’t know someone intimately until we get a flavor of the ghosts of seasons past we will be dealing with from time to time.
I say this no matter how great is the chemistry and/or level of comfort between the two of you.
Is it ever too late to undo emotional fall-out from a nasty split?
"No, children are remarkably forgiving," Neuman says, "at least until they reach their later teen years, when anger may be more cemented.
The evolution and stabilization of split off family units do not come about without mourning obsolete family units and coping with individual and systemic growing pains.