DON’T FORGET: Kids, especially young ones…

DON’T FORGET: Kids, especially young ones, have a difficult time resolving the issue of missing at least one of their divorced parents all of the time. When with Dad, they miss Mom. When with Mom, they miss Dad. So, it is common for kids to tell the parent they are with that they want to spend more time with them. This is often interpreted by that parent that the child would be happier if they spent less time with the other parent and more time with them. Keep in mind that more time with either parent will never resolve the internal dilemma they have that divorce creates an imbalance of time that just doesn’t feel natural. Rather than making this a custody/visitation issue, it is best to comfort the child and let him/her know that their feelings are completely valid and normal, and that you wish things could be different for them. Hold them, hug them, and cherish the time you have with them.

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