16 Changes to Make Right Now to Make Divorce Easier on The Kids

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Hayley Krischer on Aug 27, 2010 at 12:48PM

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Don't badmouth the other parent in front of the kids

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a Hayley Krischer on Aug 27, 2010 at 1:00PM

Sure, you're under stress, but it's detrimental for kids to hear you talking poorly about the other parent -- even if your criticism is legitimate. "Especially if it's prolonged, it can be quite damaging," says Paul Dasher, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and presenter for the Parent Education Program in Passaic County, NJ. "It can generate a tremendous amount of anxiety for children." Keep in mind: Adults can recover from hearing verbal attacks, but children often can't. "If you badmouth the other parent or undermine them, that doesn't go away for the child," Dasher adds. So think before you vent.

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