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How Can I Help Myself Cope with a Family Breakdown

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3. Coping with a Family Breakdown

Tips for Yourself
  • Your parents will both want to see you regularly, so try to come up with a schedule that suits you (based around school and weekends, etc.) so that you can still see them;
  • However, don’t pick sides or say you want to see one parent more than the other.  This separation is difficult for them as well and you need to be sensitive of their feelings just like they are of yours;
  • In the future your parents will want to start dating again.  It is possible you will meet new boyfriends or girlfriends – you need to try your best to be accepting of this. 

Tips for Parents
  • Timing – don’t tell your child you're separating if you are not 100% sure that this is happening.  Nothing would be worse than putting your child through a separation only to change your mind;
  • Breaking the news – make sure you do this together and are delicate with the details.  The child doesn’t need and doesn’t want to know all of the private details.  All they need to hear is that you love them and that none of this is their fault. 

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