Children thrive in environments of security and stability, with attentive parents and guardians who respond to their needs. When children experience parental separation or divorce, it is important that they receive clear explanations about what is happening and why.
What does parental separation mean to children?
Separation changes the family structure and often results in the loss of daily presence and availability of one parent. For some children, this may mean dramatic family changes, a new school or loss of friendships. With support before, during and after separation, children can adjust successfully and thrive.
How can we manage our separation to benefit our child?
- Take a shared parenting approach
- Minimise other changes in the child’s life
- Prioritise the child’s needs
- Do not involve your child in conflicts
- Support your child’s relationships with both parents