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Children's Adjustment to Family Transition

It's important for you to understand your children and their individual family transition journeys. It will help you meet your children where they are it, and give the right type of support and guidance that they need. The following resources can help give you an overview so that you can better help your children through the transition.

What to Expect

The Effects of Divorce on ChildrenUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign — Reviews the literature about the factors that affect children’s well-being after a divorce.

Boundary Ambiguity Scale #4 for Adolescents and Adult Children of Divorce (PDF) — Take this quick self-assessment to see if you (or your teenage or adult children) have ambiguous boundaries after the divorce.

What You Can Do

Dealing with a child's anger — Help your child deal manage their anger and channel it into more positive action.

Helping Infants and Toddlers Adjust to DivorceUniversity of Missouri Extension — Infants and toddlers may be young, but they still feel the stress of a divorce or separation. Learn what you can do to help your infant or toddler adjust after a family transition.

Depression in Children and AdolescentsNational Institute on Mental Health — There’s a chance that your child is more than “sad.” Get to know the signs of depression, treatment options, where to go for help, and more.

Children's Books on Divorce and Separation — Reading books to your children can be a great way to open up the conversation about their feelings toward your divorce or separation. This list of books can help you get started.

Little Children, Big Challenges: DivorceThe Sesame Street Workshop — Divorce can be a big challenge for both children and parents. These tools, created by the Sesame Street team, are here to help your children through the divorce.

Related resources

How Age Affects Children’s Adjustment to Stepfamilies — Your children’s ages and stages of development may affect their reaction to a new “stepfamily.” Understanding what your children are experiencing my help you better handle the tensions that often accompany the transition process.

How to Spot Child Abuse Child abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional. Neglect is also a form of child abuse. Learn how to recognize the signs of child abuse.

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