Divorce and teens

The roller-coaster adolescent years can seem overwhelming to any teen, and particularly to adolescents dealing with their parents’ divorce. Even if your teen is accustomed to your specific arrangement — bouncing between Mom and Dad, having only one custodial parent, or possibly, dealing with stepsibling rivalry — new concerns may emerge during these years. Parents often worry about issues magnified by divorce: lack of a same-sex role model for a son or daughter; adolescent attempts to understand marital failure, leading to resentment and anger; or perhaps, a child’s response to a new father/mother figure. If you’re facing these challenges, you can build a healthy household by establishing good communication and learning to lean on the support of family and friends.



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