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How to support your teenager during your divorce

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Family Law

Divorce is tough for everyone, but it can be especially challenging for the teenagers in your family. It’s important to understand how you can support your teen and make this transition as smooth as possible for them.

Understand their feelings

Encourage your teenagers to share their feelings about the divorce. Listen actively and without judgment. Validate their emotions, whether they’re sad, angry, or confused. This helps them see that their feelings are normal and acceptable.

Maintain stability

Try to keep your teenager’s routines unchanged. Stability at home provides a sense of normalcy during changes. Stay involved in their school activities and interests. Your consistent presence can help them feel secure and supported.

Communicate effectively

Be honest with your teenager about the divorce. Share age-appropriate information in a straightforward way. Avoid blaming the other parent. Keep your explanations neutral to prevent your teen from feeling like they have to choose sides.

Encourage support networks

Encourage your teenager to maintain friendships and social activities. Friendships offer crucial emotional support during stressful times. Also, consider if seeing a counselor or therapist might help them process all of the changes they’re experiencing.

Model healthy coping strategies

Show how to cope with emotions related to the divorce in a healthy way. Demonstrating resilience teaches your teenager to manage their feelings effectively. Keep communication open. Let them know they can talk to you or the other parent anytime they need support.

Being there for your teen

Divorces bring about a lot of big changes for everyone involved. Supporting your teen while you’re going through divorce is hard, but it can strengthen your relationship as you both learn and grow.