In the middle of a divorce, your children’s lives may feel almost completely different than before. This can make them start to drift away from you as the divorce process continues.
As time goes on, you may want to try out a few new steps and tips that help you stay close to them.
Say affectionate words out loud
According to Psychology Today, making sure to verbally reassure your children during a stressful time of their lives allows them to feel secure. This can also let them feel closer to you and share any emotional worries that they have.
Making sure to give hugs and show physical affection is another important part of this reassurance.
Spend quality time together
Whether you both bond over a fun activity, like fishing or soccer, or you like to just sit and talk, it is important to spend a lot of time together during a divorce. Life can become overwhelmingly busy at times, but forgetting to spend time with your children can leave them feeling confused and lonely.
Having a regular time scheduled out every week may help you both to grow closer and stay close as the divorce continues.
Stay open to questions
While you may want to spend fun times with your children, you should also make sure to be there for your children’s negative emotions and fears. Encouraging them and letting them ask questions about what will happen after the divorce is final or where they will live can help them open up to you.
Staying close to your children is an important part of your life, and learning about how to do it during a divorce is important.