Helping Children Cope with Divorce
Children's Common Reactions to Separation:
 
Behaviors:
  • Clinging to one or both parents
  • Loss of interest in friends
  • Attention seeking
  • Aggression
  • Physical symptoms i.e. stomach aches, headaches, etc.
  • Drop in grades and/or complaints from teacher
  • Bed wetting
  • Depression/withdrawal
  • Moody/silent/listless
  • Resentment
  • Difficulty concentrating
Feelings: 
  • Emotional distress
  • Sadness and grief
  • Relief
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Fear of abandonment
  • rejection
  • Insecurity
  • Confusion
  • Frustrated..."Nothing is the same."
  • Worried/stressed
  • Depressed
  • Shock/surprise/denial/disbelief
Taken from Kids Services, Kids In Divorce Support Services, July 2015