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When parents end a marriage, it can negatively impact children

When Virginia parents go through a divorce, the youngest members of the family can suffer mental and emotional distress. When parents end a marriage, it can disrupt young lives and schedules, and it can be hard to transition to a new home and not seeing one parent part of the time. Thankfully, there are things parents can do to minimize the hurt and distress that the youngest members of the family are experiencing.

Parents experience hurt and anger during a divorce, but the children do not need to see it. When they see parents expressing their anger toward one another, it can lead to feelings of insecurity and stress. It can also make them feel like they have to choose one parent over the other. Avoiding name-calling and resolving conflict in a positive way is best for every member of the family, especially the children.

Another thing that is beneficial for the children is to develop and stick to a smart and practical parenting plan. This provides consistency for the kids, and they will feel stable when they have a regular schedule, access to both parents and as much continuity of lifestyle as possible. The foundation of a good parenting plan is a mutual commitment between parents to give their kids security and peace of mind.

Divorce will change many aspects of life for each member of a Virginia family. When parents end a marriage, it is best to keep the focus on what is best for the kids, both immediately and well into the future. While a parent will naturally experience difficulty, anger and other complex emotions, setting aside these things to protect the kids is necessary and prudent.

J. Emmette Pilgreen IV
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