How to Help Your Children Through a Separation or Divorce

Divorce turns many children’s lives’ upside down. In the English-speaking world today, only about half of all children celebrate their 16th birthdays with their biological parents still living together. No child is too young or too old to be affected by parental separation or divorce.

According to research psychologist and author Dr. Penelope Leach, new scientific research indicates that many assumptions about shared custody arrangements can actually undermine a child’s well-being.

Diane Reem interviewed Dr. Leach who argues that what might seems fair to the parents is seldom best for the child. In the interview and in her new book, “When Parents Part: How Mothers and Fathers Can Help Their Children Deal with Separation and Divorce”, Dr. Leach shares how parents can help their children by putting the needs of the child first.

Dr. Leach believes that the key to helping children adjust to separation or divorce is for their parents to separate the marital relationship from their relationships with their children. An example of this approach is for each parent to help the other maintain a positive relationship with the children.

For other tips and advice from Dr. Leach you can listen to the interview on the Dianne Reem Show here: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-05-28/penelope-leach-when-parents-part