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Signs your children are not coping well with your divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce is a challenging transition for the entire family, especially for children. Hence, parents must recognize signs that their children may not be coping well with the divorce. Being attentive to these signs can help parents provide support and guidance to their children.

Behavioral changes

One of the most noticeable signs that children are struggling with the divorce is changes in their behavior. This can manifest in various ways, such as increased aggression, defiance, withdrawal, or acting out. Children may also exhibit regressive behaviors, such as bedwetting or clinging to parents more than usual.

Academic decline

Another indicator of distress is a decline in academic performance. Children may have difficulty concentrating, completing assignments, or participating in class. They may also show a lack of interest in school-related activities or express feelings of frustration or sadness about their academic struggles.

Emotional outbursts

Children may experience intense emotions following their parents’ divorce. They may exhibit frequent emotional outbursts, such as crying spells, tantrums, or mood swings. These outbursts may be triggered by seemingly minor events and their reaction may seem bigger than the issue causing them warrants. 

Changes in sleeping or eating patterns

Disrupted sleeping or eating patterns can be red flags. They can indicate that children are struggling to cope with the divorce. They may have difficulty falling asleep, experience frequent nightmares, or exhibit changes in appetite. 

Divorce can be a challenging and emotionally fraught experience for children in Louisiana. A child counselor can provide the necessary support and guidance to help your children navigate this difficult transition.