Welcome back to our series on dealing with the emotional impacts of divorce on children. Thus far, we have looked at:
- Dealing With Kids’ Emotions In Divorce (An Introduction)
- Helping Kids With the Anger of Divorce
- Anxiety and the Child of Divorce
- Chaos and the Child of Divorce
- Confusion and the Child of Divorce
Denial is a common reaction in children of divorce. Consciously, or unconsciously, children refuse to accept that their parents are divorced. They either pretend that nothing has changed, or they hold on to a false hope that their parents will get back together soon. While this denial can be healthy on a short-term basis, long-term denial impedes a child’s ability to deal with, and overcome, the emotions they are feeling.
At Divorce Ministry 4 Kids, we have put together the following one page infographic on helping children of divorce deal with denial related to the divorce of their parents (click on the picture below for a full sized pdf version of the pamphlet). Please feel free to share this pamphlet with parents and others who work with children of divorce.