As your marriage breaks down, child custody becomes a priority in divorce proceedings. Many Colorado parents question if they are doing the right thing. Child custody is complex and your child’s emotions are equally complicated. Your child is experiencing a challenge that may follow them into adulthood. It is crucial that you prioritize your child’s mental health.

U.S. News stresses that parents should handle each child’s needs uniquely, as all children are different. A divorce disrupts your child’s routine and can disrupt his or her development. During the procedure, your child may find it difficult to focus in class; he or she may become distant of his or her peers. If your marriage was not high-conflict, then your child probably never worried about the safety of the marriage. Now, he or she has more worries than he or she anticipated.

Parents can help their children by recognizing that emotional reactions are normal. Anxiety and upset are normal and expected and you should not try to talk your kid out of his or her feelings. Instead, focus on how he or she manages the stress. While a parent should not force a kid to talk, it is important to keep the door open for communication. Put yourself in your child’s shoes to be able to converse on his or her level.

In addition to conversation, you can reduce your child’s emotional struggle by establishing a new routine. Routines and predictability can ease anxiety.

None of the above is intended to be legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.