Half of U.S. children have divorced parents. Many of those children go back and forth from one parent’s house to the other. Maybe they are 1 week on, 1 week off. Maybe they are 1 day a week and every other weekend. Maybe they spend most days at one parent’s house and then school breaks at the other house. Whatever the case, these kids get used to packing a bag and going to another house.
How can you make that better for them?
Forgo the suitcase
Forgo using the terms “Mom’s house” or “Dad’s house."
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A fractured home almost always is irreparable. While fractured homes sometimes are safer and healthier for all involved, oftentimes they are disruptive for a child’s development, so anything you can do to foster stability and security in your child’s life after divorce is best.
Belonging, connection, stability, and security are key factors in healthy child development. While being civil with an ex-partner may be incredibly difficult, that civility is important for your child after divorce.