How to Determine if Your Child is Having a Hard Time Dealing with Divorce
Some parents are so caught up in the divorce process and their own sadness that they may tend to overlook the fact that their child is also struggling with the thought of their family being torn apart.
If your child is old enough to truly understand the meaning of divorce, it is likely that he or she will not accept this change in family dynamics easily.
Below are some warning signs to be aware of:
- Withdrawal: if your child has suddenly lost interest in hanging out with friends or family members that they are normally fond of, this could be a sign that your child is suffering from dealing with the divorce.
- Sudden Outbursts: your child has episodes of yelling and screaming that seem to come out of nowhere. It seems that every little thing now sets your child off, whereas, in the past your child was easy going and happy-go-lucky.
- Trouble Sleeping: stress can disrupt normal sleeping patterns and it is important to take note if your child is complaining about not being able to sleep at night.
- Nightmares: if your child is complaining about nightmares, subconscious fears of loss and abandonment can cause nightmares.
- Harming Oneself: this one can be a cry for help and/or attention. Your child may be trying to tell you that he or she needs more of your time and attention
- Grades Start to Drop: if your child normally is a straight “A” student and now is getting “C” grades, this can be an indicator that your child is distracted and not able to focus on school activities. Make sure you attend parent teacher conferences and take the time to ask your child how their day was at school.
There can be many other symptoms as well, but the above are some of the most common indicators that your child is struggling with the concept of divorce.
If you are having a hard time dealing with divorce and need legal guidance, contact the Sabra Law Group today for a confidential consultation at (646) 472-7971.