Children of a divorced family

Most children will adjust to the challenges of divorce and shared custody arrangements. However, some children experience significant difficulty navigating this significant life change.

Signs a Child May Be Struggling After Divorce

Here are some signs that a child of divorce may be struggling and could benefit from professional support:

  • Fear of abandonment: The child may worry that one parent will stop loving them.
  • Guilt: The child may believe the divorce is their fault.
  • Behavioral issues: Acting out at home or school can be a sign of emotional distress.
  • Developmental regression: Regression in previously mastered skills can be a response to stress.
  • Increased conflict: The child may experience more arguments with siblings and peers.
  • Personality changes: A previously happy child may become withdrawn or anxious.
  • Academic struggles: School performance may decline due to emotional turmoil.
  • Social isolation: The child may withdraw from family and friends.

If you notice any of these signs in your child, consider seeking professional help. There are a variety of resources available to support children of divorce, including:

  • Divorce Therapy or Divorce Counseling: Can help parents navigate the complexities of divorce and co-parenting, fostering a healthy environment for their children.
  • Therapy for Kids: Individual Therapy for divorce provides a safe space for children to express their emotions and receive support. Play Therapy with Sandtray uses play as a tool for children to communicate their feelings and work through challenges. Pediatric Mental Health Therapists specialize in supporting the emotional and psychological well-being of children, including those experiencing the challenges of divorce.
  • Pediatric Counseling Services: Offer a range of services to support children’s mental health, using varying time tested techniques.

Remember, you are not alone in supporting your child through this difficult time.

Scroll to Top