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Helping your child adjust to two homes

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2024 | Child Custody

Following a divorce, children can struggle with different issues. When parents divorce, children often need time and support to adjust to living in two different homes.

Understanding how to help your child navigate this transition can make the process smoother and less stressful.

Open and honest communication

Talk to your child about the upcoming changes and reassure them that both parents love and care for them. Encourage them to express their feelings and concerns, and provide age-appropriate explanations about the new living arrangements. Create a sense of consistency and familiarity in both homes. Establish similar routines, rules and expectations to help your child feel secure and comfortable in each environment.

Prepare your child for transitions between homes by providing them with a schedule or calendar that shows when they will be with each parent. Offer support during these transitions and reassure them that both parents will be there for them. According to the Florida Senate, cases which involve minor children and timesharing require parenting plans. Make sure you review and understand the details of the agreement thoroughly.

Encouraging a positive relationship

Encourage your child to maintain a positive relationship with the other parent. Avoid speaking negatively about your ex in front of your child, as this can be emotionally damaging. Help your child develop healthy coping mechanisms to deal with their emotions during the transition. Guide them to express their feelings through art, writing or talking with a trusted adult.

By prioritizing their emotional well-being and providing the necessary support, you can help your child navigate this challenging transition successfully.