Many parents who go through a divorce in Texas get so caught up in the process that they neglect to look after their children’s mental health. This is alarming when you consider that the traumatic emotional experiences kids go through when their parents divorce can have lifelong impacts.
If you are reading this article, it is a good start, as it shows you are interested in what is going on with your child’s mental health. Once you understand some of the common issues to look for, you will be better equipped to work through things with your kids or seek help if necessary.
Mental health issues
Resources to Recovery points out that teenagers whose parents went through a divorce are more likely to have early sexual activity and higher numbers of sexual partners through adolescence. These teens also have a higher likelihood of abusing drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
Younger kids may start to develop conduct disorders, delinquency or impulsive behavior. Not only can divorce put a strain on kids’ relationships with their peers, but it can also negatively impact their academic performance.
Kids with divorced parents also tend to experience higher rates of depression and anxiety. There also tend to be more physical health issues in kids with divorced parents, which may have a link with increased levels of stress.
Dealing with the issues
Sometimes a divorce cannot be avoided, but you can take steps to make it easier for your kids. Putting a focus on empowering your kids and taking steps to help them feel safe and secure is a start. You can also attend parenting education programs and develop a healthy style of co-parenting, even after your divorce.