Deciding to end a marriage undoubtedly has a significant impact on the children of the couple. Divorce isn’t easy, even under the best circumstances. Facing stress from child custody issues,can have a negative impact on children’s ability to cope with the situation and move on in life.
It’s often hard to tell if children are struggling emotionally because they don’t always verbalize their feelings. This is one of many reasons it’s important to closely monitor their behavior, including their physical health, because stress may show itself through illness or other physical symptoms. It’s also why it’s a good idea to build a strong support network from the start so that additional help is just a phone call away if it’s needed.
If a particular child used to have healthy and consistent eating habits, but has shown a change in appetite since his or her parents’ divorce, it might be a sign that stress is taking its toll. A son or daughter who frequently complains of headaches or tummy aches might also be showing physical symptoms of emotional distress that may be a response to the family situation. It makes sense to alert a child’s pediatrician about the divorce so that he or she can take it into consideration while monitoring the child’s health and well-being.
If an ex is causing stress by disregarding a court order or by trying to impede a parent’s relationship with his or her children, it can take a toll on the kids’ emotional well-being. A son or daughter who has started wetting the bed or has shown other signs of regression, such as thumb-sucking or sleeping with a stuffed animal or comfort item, might be showing physical signs of stress. Children who witness constant contention between their parents may have a more difficult time coping with divorce. Letting kids know they’re loved and supported, and not hesitating to reach out for additional support to resolve child custody issues can be beneficial for a concerned parent confronting these issues.