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It’s no secret that divorce can be tough on everyone involved, but it can be especially difficult for adolescents. While they are trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in the world, they are also dealing with the fallout from their parents’ separation.

Fortunately, there are things that parents can do to help their adolescents navigate this tough time. Below are some tips on how to be a supportive parent during your separation.

A mother comforting her adolescent son.

Communicate openly with your adolescent

One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to open up a positive line of communication with your child. Let them know what is happening and why, and answer any questions they have honestly. It’s also important to listen to their concerns and offer support.

The divorce process can be tough on everyone involved, but it’s important to remember that your children are going through it too. They may feel confused, scared, or angry. It can be tough for adolescents to open up, but if you let them know you’re there for them, they may feel more comfortable talking to you. It’s important to ask them about what they’re feeling and to help them understand that it’s not their fault.

When they do open up, listen to them without judging or giving advice. Simply let them know you’re there for them and that you will support them however they need you to.
Divorce can be a difficult time for everyone, but it doesn’t have to be. With open communication and support, you and your children can get through it together.

Three young people laughing and smiling.

Encourage them to express their feelings in a healthy way

Adolescents can develop some negative, pent-up emotions during a divorce. Encourage them to find healthy ways to express their feelings, such as through talking, writing, or art. Help them find an outlet that works for them.

There are many support groups available for adolescents whose parents are divorced. These groups can provide a great way for your child to connect with other kids who are going through the same thing. Being able to talk to and relate with peers about this difficult experience can have a very positive impact. 
Be sure to encourage them to stay involved with their existing hobbies and activities as well. Adolescents may feel like they don’t have a place in their parents’ lives after a divorce, so continue to talk with and ask them about their personal interests. Since a divorce can be such a trying time full of new and uncertain situations, these familiar pastimes can be very comforting for your child.

A therapist and their patient during a consultation.

Seek professional help if needed

If you’re concerned about your adolescent’s emotional wellbeing, you may want to consider finding a therapist who specializes in divorce. A professional therapist can help adolescents deal with their emotions and learn how to cope with their parents’ separation in ways the parents themselves may not be able to tap into.

If you’re concerned about your adolescent’s mental health, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist can provide much-needed guidance during this difficult time. 

Everyone deserves an easy separation

When it comes to helping your child through their parents’ divorce, the most important thing is to make sure they know they’re not alone. Work through their thoughts and feelings with them directly, get them involved with others going through the same situation, maintain their positive attitude by keeping them involved with the activities and people they already enjoy, and consult outside help if it becomes a necessity. You can and will get through it together.
Your adolescent isn’t the only one who needs support during your divorce. If family law seems right for you, schedule a consultation today to get the care you deserve.