Some helpful tips to consider when parents divorce:

  • Don’t make the children messengers, ask them too many questions about the other household, or put them in the position of being your confidante. Children have enough to deal with during a divorce.
  • Keep schedules, rules, routines and expectations consistent between households.
  • Encourage your child to have a positive relationship with both parents. Remember, children love and want relationships with both parents.
  • Speak positively about the other parent, and encourage your children to enjoy the time they spend with them.
  • Allow your child to contact the other parent when they miss them.
  • Communicate important school and extracurricular dates so that both parents can choose to be there.
  • Have regular contact with each other so that both parents are aware of how the child is doing.
  • Avoid legal fights. Focus on your child’s needs and work to resolve issues.
  • Encourage children to talk about their feelings; listen and validate how they are feeling about the changes in their life.