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My Youngest Child Seems Very Depressed About The Divorce, The Middle One Is Angry, And My Teenager Is Skipping School. How Can I Cope?

A child’s reaction to divorce can vary depending upon his or her age and other factors. Some may cry and beg for a reconciliation, and others may behave inappropriately. You can reduce conflict with your spouse, continue to be a consistent and nurturing parent, and make sure you and your spouse remain involved are all actions that can support your children regardless of how they are reacting to the divorce.

Support groups for children whose parents are divorcing are also available at many schools and religious communities. A school counselor can also provide support. If more help is needed, confer with a therapist experienced in working with children.

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