Dealing with divorce is difficult for any party involved, which includes your children if you are divorcing parents. Not only do you have to look out and care for yourself, but you also need to ensure that your child gets through the experience, too.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help them work through this difficult period in time. But what exactly are those things?
What does cooperation give your child?
As Psychology Today examines, you have several options when it comes to helping your child cope with the upcoming divorce. But one of the potentially easiest ones involves cooperating with your co-parent.
Granted, this can sound easy in theory and serve as a much bigger hurdle in practice, especially if tensions run high between you and your co-parent. But if it is at all possible to work together, even with the aid of a third-party mediator, then you should do it.
Cooperation gives your child several important things. First, it shows them that you, as the adults in the situation, have control over it and yourselves. You do not let emotion lead you astray, and thus, a child can trust you to make logical and sound decisions even in such a harrowing time.
The importance of eliminating uncertainty
It also shows them that you value your bonds with them more than you want to fight with your co-parent. Knowing they hold priority can help reassure them of their place in your lives in an otherwise uncertain future.
If you eliminate some of the uncertainty and prove that you will love your child no matter what, they often have an easier time coming to terms with everything else.