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Instilling resilience in kids following the disruption of divorce

Following the choppy waters that come with divorce, co-parents often go out of their way to provide their children with the smoothest of sailing. They go in a form of hyper-protection, maintaining a sense of normalcy and consistency for their children. After all, life has changed enough for them.

Dr. Ken Ginsburg takes a different approach, something you would not expect from the Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communications. He believes that post-divorce resiliency should be instilled into children. Where does that resolve come from, according to the good doctor and author on that particular subject?

Drama and disruption.

Ginsburg believes that children who lack resiliency spend far too much time recovering from standard disappointments to traumatic, life-changing events. The more they spend looking back with doom and gloom, the more children delay the recovery that comes from looking forward and learning from the experience.

While the problems are common, Ginsburg solutions are unique. He encourages parents to bring a form of healthy disruption in their child’s life. That can take the form moving to a new town or changing schools. While a child may protest being taken away from their friends, new surroundings and activities can widen their social circle and help them see that change is not all that bad.

Life is rife with disorder for kids. How parents handle divorce and other momentous is paramount. Many treat difficult times as learning experiences while supporting and communicating their children. Sadly, others choose to actively seek out drama, often at the expense of their children.

Treating change as a teaching moment has not only short-term benefits, but also long-term advantages in determining the kind of adults children become. Ginsburg encourages both divorced and married parents to allow their children to take risks and face the unknown. Even if they fail, they still can learn from it and, more importantly, move on quickly to the next challenge.

The legal team at VanAntwerp Attorneys, LLP, is skilled at navigating parents and children through the process of divorce while looking out for their best interests. Call 606-618-0698.

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