What About the Children? A Guide to Parenting After Separation

By Relationships Australia

A family separation is a very painful and distressing time for everyone involved. You are likely to be asking yourself some critical questions. How will your children cope with the situation? Will they adjust to new relationships and living arrangements? 

This will all depend on a number of factors, including how both parents cope and how the news is broken to the children. It’s essential you have the right information and support to manage things for both your kids, and yourself.

What About the Children? A Guide to Parenting After Separation offers practical tips on how you can assist your children to cope with the situation, and navigate potentially challenging situations.

Helping you cope with separation 

Before you can support your children, it’s so important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. After all, you will need to be strong and healthy so you can be there when your kids need you. 

What About the Children? A Guide to Parenting After Separation offers comprehensive advice to help yourself through this tough time, including: 

  • Don’t get stuck. How can you take control of you
  • Reflect on your choices. Make sure the decisions you make are the best for you and your family in the long-run. 
  • Manage your responses. Feeling angry is to be expected, but what if it’s taking control of your life? 
  • Explaining separation to your kids. How and when should you do this? 

Ground rules for parenting successfully after separation 

After separating, you’ll need some essential ground rules to co-parent with your former partner. This means establishing a new relationship.

The guide outlines some top tips to help you do this successfully, including: 

  • Respect each other’s privacy and don’t interfere in matters that don’t relate to the children
  • Extend common courtesy and manners when you meet
  • Make appointments to discuss things, preferably on neutral ground such as at a coffee shop.

What are the top mistakes made by separating parents? 

What About the Children? A Guide to Parenting After Separation also describes the top seven mistakes made by separating parents – so you can avoid the common mistakes others have already made. These include: 

  • Failing to tell your children about the separation or divorce until it’s too late 
  • Neglecting to reassure your children that they were not to blame for the break-up 
  • Arguing or fighting where the children can hear.

Download the booklet to discover more. 

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What About the Children? A Guide to Parenting After Separation offers practical tips on how you can assist your children to cope with the situation, and navigate potentially challenging situations.

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