Divorce has an impact on all children, regardless of their age. However, you may not know how to approach the topic when you have toddlers. According to Healthline, toddlers are still learning how they fit into the world.
How you prepare them for your divorce may make a difference in how they cope with the new reality.
Be careful with how you treat your co-parent
Most couples have difficulties getting along before a divorce. You may find it challenging to agree on anything. Be careful how much you show in front of your kids. Your toddlers may have difficulty processing the idea of divorce, but they do recognize fighting and tension. Fighting can cause a lot of fear. Keep fighting away from the children and try to behave amicably for your toddler’s sake. Your children need as much stability as possible. When you continue to have a professional relationship with your former partner, your children will not feel tempted to take sides.
Provide consistency and stability for your children
Toddlers may blame themselves and the confusing emotions can last them a lifetime. You want your little one to feel in control of his or her life. To do this, be consistent about your routine. The more consistency your children have, the more likely they are to understand their place in the family again. Expect your toddler to want you and your spouse to rekindle and get back together. While you do not want to give them false hope, do not become frustrated with the elements they focus on.
When co-parenting toddlers, you may have better results by working with your partner.