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Children must feel loved during child custody dispute

When a couple gets divorced, in many cases, the children have no choice in which parent they get to live with. Even when they can choose, they might notice that their parents' attention is divided rather than being focused on them. A couple of tips may help parents in Bronxville who are navigating a child custody proceeding to create the most ideal circumstances for their children.

First, it is essential to remind children often of how much they are loved by their parents. According to research, when parents take time to listen to their children and learn about their difficulties, the children feel as though they have support. As a result, they can more easily view the divorce as a necessary event rather than as a major life obstacle.

It is also critical not to spoil the children to compensate for the rough times they may be experiencing. Spoiling may come in the form of taking the children on costly outings, allowing them to stay up late or skip school or overlooking sibling aggression and rudeness. Spoiling might actually send the children the message that their parents do not care about them. In addition, maintaining a routine is important to create stability for the children during and following a divorce.

In some divorce situations, parents in Bronxville and elsewhere are able to work out their child custody disputes through divorce mediation or direct negotiations. Through these processes, they can work on a parenting agreement that reflects both of their wishes. Most importantly, however, the goal is to come up with a plan that reflects the best interests of the children involved.

Source: goodtherapy.org, "Divorced with Children: Dating and Blending Families", Deb Hirschhorn, March 2, 2017

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