Divorcing your partner comes with a lot of challenges. One of these challenges is how to handle your children during a divorce.
The Huffington Post may have the answer to what steps can you take to keep their best interests in mind.
Stay focused on your children
It can be easy to turn a divorce into a power struggle. Even if you mean well, you may find yourself competing with your spouse to be the fun parent or the parent your children want to be around. It should never be a competition, but instead, create a loving environment focused on your kids.
Do not include your children in adult conversations
Children should not have a place in adult conversations. Do not send your children to deliver messages to your spouse. You should do your best to do all of the communicating with your spouse, rather than relying on your children or a third-party. If you need an outlet to vent to, talk to other adults or professionals about the divorce.
Try to remain amicable with your spouse
During a divorce, emotions make it difficult to stay amicable with your spouse. The two of you should set ground rules. For example, make a rule not to argue in front of the children, not to use children as messengers and not to bad mouth one another.
If something does not go according to plan, do not turn it into a fight. Instead, make a plan of action ahead of time. You can hold one another accountable but try to be forgiving of mistakes.
Children have an easier time coping with divorce when it is less volatile between the parents.