Ever since my husband and I divorced, our son seems to be on such an emotional roller coaster — angry one minute and sad the next. How can I help him?
Divorce can be tough on kids — and parents. Kids may respond to the loss of a traditional two-parent family with feelings of sadness, anxiety, or anger. These feelings may result in social withdrawal, difficulty in school, aggressiveness, social problems, or other behaviors.
Parents can help kids deal with divorce by talking about these feelings. Be sure to reassure your son that he's loved and that the divorce wasn't his fault. Make sure he doesn't witness anger and hostility between you and your ex-husband.
With time and good support, most kids can make a healthy adjustment to divorce. However, if your child's behavior continues to concern you, consult a mental health professional.
Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: October 2012
|American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) AACAP offers up-to-date information on child and adolescent development and issues.|
|American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists This organization provides listings of marriage and family therapists nationwide.|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts This organization publishes a brochure on joint custody as well as a journal with the most current thinking on joint custody. Contact this group at: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts|
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|Parents Without Partners Parents Without Partners is an international nonprofit organization devoted to single parents and their children.|
|Divorce Online Divorce Online is for people involved in, or facing the prospect of, divorce.|
|Academy of Family Mediators This organization helps families locate family mediators. For assistance in locating a family mediator in your area, contact: Academy of Family Mediators 5 Militia Dr.|
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