Divorce can present new challenges that your children may have a difficult time coping with. One of these changes may involve helping your children get used to living in two separate houses.
At first, splitting parenting time may be difficult for your children. But there are certain steps you can take to make this life change easier on your children and to help them cope with their new living situation.
Openly share information
Frequently communicating should become a focus for you and your former spouse. Share important information about your children’s school, extracurricular activities and health. This way, both you and your ex feel informed about what is going on in your children’s lives.
Provide support and reassurance
Moving and going between two houses can be emotionally difficult for many children. Be there for your children to offer emotional support and reassurance. Encourage your children to express their feelings and concerns, and validate their emotions.
Set similar rules at both houses
In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 689,308 couples in the U.S. divorced or annulled their marriages, and many of these couples had to navigate setting consistent boundaries for their children in two households. Try to maintain similar routines, rules and expectations in both homes. This consistency can provide a sense of stability and security for your children.
Plan transitions carefully
Transitioning between households can be stressful for your children. Plan these transitions out well in advance to ensure they are as smooth as possible. Be punctual and avoid last-minute changes to pick-up or drop-off times.
It may take time for your children to adjust to living in two houses after your divorce. Be patient with yourself and your children as you both get used to these new living arrangements.