Relationship breakdown can be one of the most difficult periods in a person’s life. It is often a time when you may experience confusion, sadness and anger with high levels of conflict. For some, these emotions can continue for a period of time, while for others, an acceptance that the relationship has ended occurs very quickly and the healing process commences. Sadly, our children can be the ones most impacted by the end of a relationship.
Children react to separation in different ways. The way your children will react depends on many factors including:
Family relationships before separation
Your children’s ages and personalities
How both parents manage the situation
These tips are designed to help separating couples to minimize any impact on their children. While you may cease to be a partner, you never cease to be a parent.
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