When children are separated from their parents, there is an association between separation and effects on the children’s psychological health. A study from the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health showed that children with noncohabitant parents were more likely to show psychosomatic problems than those living in families with both parents. Kids in joint custody, similarly, had better outcomes than those living with only a single parent.
Military deployment also plays a role in a child’s health. The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry published a study in which it was discussed that deployment can have negative impacts on the psychosocial attitudes of children in military families.
Knowing that separation does impact children in these ways, it’s a good idea to look into ways to help your children adjust. A few helpful tips include making time for your child, explaining situations in an age-appropriate way and giving your child a routine.
Making time for your child
When you make time for your child, you bolster his or her confidence in you and in him or herself. Your child needs reassurance any time there is going to be a separation.
Explaining situations in an age-appropriate manner
Children often want to have at least a little control in their own lives. Do this by explaining your situation in an age-appropriate way. State if or when your child will see his or her mother or father and explain the changes in routine before they happen.
Get a routine
Finally, get a routine together for your child. Consistency is key to a healthy upbringing.
These are a few tips to help your child cope with deployment and divorce. With support, your child can grow up happy and healthy.