Children And The Effects Of Divorce On Children

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A widespread problem, many people face, is how to co-parent responsibly after what can sometimes be a nasty divorce. The biggest problem that that comes along with this is the effect it has on the children of said divorce. They are the ones who really feel the blunt force of the situation, and a lot of the times their feelings are not taken into consideration. Many times, we as parents cannot put our personal feelings aside to work together for the sake of the child’s wellbeing. 50% of all North-American children will witness the divorce of their parents. Almost half of them will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage (Furstenburg and Others –Life Course-). 50% of all the children born to married parents today will experience the divorce of their parents before they are 18 years old (Fagan, Fitzgerald, Rector, -The Effects of Divorce On America-). More parents are more focused on their careers and finances, rather than …show more content…
Age also plays a huge factor as to how the child or children will react to the situation. An article on www.children-and-divorce.com states that children in the “pre-school” phase tend to blame themselves for the divorce. They also fantasize about their parents getting back together someday. They can become clingy, needy, and revert back to a “baby” stage where they need their parents to do simple tasks they could once do on their own. I can confirm this because when the kid’s father and myself split up the kids began crying over nothing and acting needy. They constantly beg for my attention even if I’m already paying attention to them. In children between the ages of 9 and 13 they tend to act the opposite. They feel like their parents betrayed them, and they are more concerned with their own affairs. Boys become angry and rebellious, and girls can become sexually active at a younger age. (Effects of Divorce on Children,

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