Divorce is one of the most trying times many families will go through. While all divorces are emotionally challenging, when young children are involved, they can be particularly difficult. Children must contend with the uncertainty and stress brought on by major changes in nearly all aspects of their lives. If handled inappropriately, divorce can have a profoundly negative impact on the children involved.
Parents are often left wondering what activities they should engage in with the children when trying to move past the end of the marriage. The following are some of the best activities to engage with your children following a divorce.
One of the best activities to engage in you as navigate the aftermath of a divorce is volunteering. Not only does volunteering serve as a reminder of the many families that are facing even worse hardships than yours, but volunteering can also be an excellent opportunity for children to work on their development and relationship building. Not to mention, volunteering allows parents the invaluable chance to bond with their children as they work together to achieve common goals.
Get Involved with Your Children’s School
Studies show, and many teachers believe that students do much better in school when their parents get involved. A parent does not need to volunteer to be room parent, even being a chaperone on a school trip can make an impact. Other parents just make it a routine part of their daily or weekly schedule to check their children’s homework to make sure that they are performing satisfactorily in school.
Children are constantly developing and are hungry to learn and try new things. You can expect your children to remember if you have discussions with them about their hobbies or interests. The best way to have conversations on these subjects is to begin by asking open-ended questions, which let your children share more from their perspective. Parents should then do their best to actively listen.
Cooperate With Your Former Spouse
Children grow and develop in a much more healthy manner if both parents are involved in their lives. You should work as a team with your former spouse and avoid negative feelings as much as possible regardless of how the marriage ended. This is not about you, this is about your children’s future. For example, if your children let you spend more time with them during a visit, remember this and try to repay the favor.
Speak With an Experienced Divorce Attorney
Most people involved in a divorce struggle with adapting to how life is now. Because the development of children is particularly important, parents must make sure to spend an adequate amount of time with their children during and after the divorce process. If you and your spouse are filing for divorce, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced family law attorney at Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. today.