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Worried about how your divorce will affect your parenting?

If you are going through a divorce or have recently finalized one, you may understandably be worried about a host of issues. You may have financial concerns, concerns about how your divorce may affect your relationships and concerns about your living situation. If you are a parent, you are likely worried primarily about how your divorce will impact your child.

It is understandable that you would worry about your child and your parenting in the wake of your divorce. Thankfully, there is reason to have great hope as well. Numerous studies indicate that children of divorced parents emerge from the aftermath of their parents’ divorces more well-adjusted than they would be if they had been compelled to continue to live in a house marked by frequent marital tensions.

In addition, you have the power to make sure that your divorce inspires a positive parenting evolution. You may not have your child in your custody at all times, but you can make it your mission to make the most out of the time you do spend together. In addition, ensuring that you are living a healthy and happy life will provide your child with an excellent model for his or her own life decisions.

Divorce is almost never an easy process. However, if you remain focused on the values and priorities that contribute to the best of your capacity as a parent, you will be able to use your divorce as a catalyst for even better parenting as opposed to parenting that is strained.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Why Divorce Made Me a Better Parent,” Jamie Harrington, Feb. 23, 2015

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