Going back to school after your parents have divorced is unsettling for many children. They might still harbor feelings that they caused the divorce or that they are somehow less of a person than other children because of the divorce. Because of the difficulties that children face, it is imperative that parents take action.
You need to explain to your child that there isn’t anything wrong with having divorced parents. Things at home might change, but there isn’t any reason for those changes to impact your child at school.
Some children who have an active social life might worry about how they are going to continue doing things if they have to spend time with both parents. This is a difficult situation for the parents because they want to spend time with the child but they don’t want the child to suffer socially. Coming up with a plan for handling these issues can help.
It might be necessary for you to work with your child’s friend’s parents to set social activities up. If you and your ex can get along, it might be possible to set up play dates and other meetings for your child even when he or she is with your ex. You should make sure that you take the time to confirm the suitability of these dates with your ex so that you aren’t taking his or her time away from the child.
As difficult as it is to help your child adjust after a divorce, it is possible to make it happen with hard work. You might find the situation much easier to deal with if you and your ex are able to work together for your child’s sake.
Source: Our Family Wizard, “5 Tips For Helping Your Child Return To School After A Separation,” accessed Sep. 28, 2017