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Divorced Parents and Stepparents Face Particular Challenges
When parents divorce or separate, children can become confused about boundaries and family roles, and often experiences feelings of anger and loss. This, in conjunction with increased responsibilities and loss of household familiarity, can lead to greater challenges in parenting. If your child is neurodivergent, highly sensitive or very intense, co-parenting issues are likely even more complicated.
Children and teens who struggle with parental separation or divorce might become more insecure, sad, anxious, reactive, moody, have trouble learning, or develop negative acting-out behaviors at home or school. They may struggle with other aspects of separation or divorce, such as schedule changes, inconsistent rules or consequences, intense attachment, reactive detachment, feeling vulnerable at a new home, or accepting a stepsibling, stepparent, or other adult into their lives.
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