Texas parents know that things can get messy in a split. You have a lot of things on your plate. You have a lot of matters to decide. On top of that, you must prioritize the safety and well-being of your child. It is only natural that tempers flare and arguments happen.
But the more arguing you do during the divorce, the bigger an impact it has on your kids. Rocky divorces have negative impacts on your child’s emotional and mental well-being.
Signs your child is traumatized
VeryWell Family discusses the psychological and emotional toll that divorce has on kids. The effects are well-known and often studied. Children of divorce often struggle with higher levels of depression and anxiety. They are more likely to act out in school. They may get into trouble more often with authoritative figures. This includes parents, teachers and later law enforcement. They struggle to connect with peers to a greater degree.
Trauma from before, during and after divorce
Some of this trauma comes from the aftermath of life after a divorce. Other parts of it come from what happens during the divorce process. Divorce specialists advocate for mediation because it reduces pressure on the children. They are in a very uncomfortable position when you argue in front of them. It can destroy their perception of you. It can lessen their trust in you and make them less likely to seek you out for help or comfort. They may feel like they have no one to turn to. It can also contribute to a distaste for other authoritative figures. Know the impact of your arguments on children. It is important for their mental and emotional security.