Divorce serves as a major source of stress in your life, putting strain on your mental health and well-being. Unfortunately, it will also have this effect on everyone else involved, including your child.
As a parent, you do everything in your power to protect your child from difficult or painful situations. But what can you do in a case like this, when your actions have caused the source of the difficulties? Fortunately, you still have options.
How does it serve you?
Psychology Today discusses the potential impact divorce can have on your child and how to limit the amount of damage it may cause. One of the best ways to do so is through cooperation with your co-parent. This might sound simple or even obvious, but it is also something many couples struggle with due to their own difficulties during a split.
Cooperation serves an important purpose for both you and your child, though. For you, it gives you the opportunity to plan your discussions in advance. The two of you can keep each other in check, ensuring that no one says anything the other does not wish to discuss. You can anticipate questions your child may ask and prepare answers in advance, too.
How does it serve your child?
This often gives your child something more concrete to focus on and builds a stronger foundation to support them through the split. Along with that, they will see your ability to work together even in times of duress and will likely take some comfort from it.
Above all, it shows your child that you still love, support and prioritize them even now. When fear of the unknown and related changes often pose the biggest issues, this support is invaluable.