Reports from parents and teachers indicate that divorce and separation can cause problematic behavior in children, such as social issues, psychological distress, bullying and poor academic performance.
Many children feel responsible and it tends to affect their self-image. Remember that communication is key in all situations, but when separation occurs, the parent needs to explain the situation in great detail.
Other issues stem from disagreements between the parents. Some parents tend to say bad things about the other parent; which is one of the worst things that can happen. Divorce is extremely difficult for the child; therefore, if the parents can’t harmonize it creates additional behavioral and psychological problems. The child becomes very withdrawn and anger issues tend to develop.
Stepparent situations are also difficult for the child, especially when there are other siblings involved. It can become extremely complicated. I teach the parents how to identify behavioral changes and how to recognize if their child is internalizing their emotions.
In situations where parents struggle financially it can also be passed down to the child. Balancing career and family obligations can be difficult due to finance and time management.