As a parent during separation, it's important to focus on your love for your children and their needs.
While it’s inevitable that children experience loss after their parents separate, they will handle separation better when they are not involved in the conflict between their parents.
Children can sometimes blame themselves for their parents’ separation, so they need to be reassured that it isn’t their fault. It’s also important to let children know that their parents will not stop loving them because they are separated.
Children will often show their pain through their behaviour.
Without the words to discuss their feelings, younger children may become needy, experience sleep disturbances or throw tantrums.
Teenagers may act out by running away or becoming withdrawn. They may take on risky and dangerous behaviour, such as misusing drugs and alcohol. It’s important to see these behaviours as a sign of distress.
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