As divorcing parents in California, it is important to keep your child’s well-being in mind. Unfortunately, your divorce will likely impact them in many ways despite your best intentions. Today, we will take a look at how divorce may affect your child’s mental state.

Very Well Family the psychological impact of divorce on your child. This can differ depending on the circumstances of the divorce itself. The child’s temperament can also have an effect on how they handle it. Some will adjust better. Others may take it hard and have a difficult time processing things. But most young children share a few traits when handling divorce. This can include:

  • A tendency to shoulder the blame for the divorce
  • Guilt and guilt-related reflex responses
  • Internalized negative emotions
  • Poor coping mechanisms

Some parents make the mistake of believing their divorce will not impact their child. They think their child is “too young” to understand. However, children can grasp surprisingly complex subjects. If you do not explain the situation clearly, they are prone to jumping to conclusions. Many develop poor coping mechanisms. Some begin to show signs of depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder. Some will withdraw. Others may lash out against their peers or authority figures. Children can also have trouble forming bonds with others moving forward.

To prevent this from happening, it is important to know where your child stands. What sort of help do they need? Be sure they get it. Keep an eye on behavioral changes. Check in on them frequently. Above all, remind them often that they are not at fault for the divorce.