The end of a marriage is difficult for every member of a Nebraska family, but children often struggle in ways that parents may not understand or notice. While both parents play an important role in the lives of their children, dads can do specific things that will help their children cope with the divorce-related changes they are going through. One element of this is choosing a thoughtful custody plan that puts the needs of the kids first.
Kids are going to have many different feelings after a divorce, and it’s OK to allow them to express themselves. They are grieving, but it can be even more difficult for them when the parent has not managed his or her own feelings yet. Dads can help their kids by showing them it’s OK to be sad or mad while teaching them how to manage their emotions in a healthy manner.
Dads serve as important role models for their kids. When children see their fathers modeling appropriate reactions and dealing with their emotions in a healthy manner, they will be more likely to do the same. Fathers can set the tone during this time of transition. If dads allow their anger or disappointment to influence their actions, kids will be more likely to do the same.
When it is a father’s time with his or her kids, it is essential the kids do not feel like they are in the middle of their parents or to blame in any way. The youngest members of a Nebraska family need fathers who display emotional stability and security during walking through divorce-related changes. This is possible through a commitment to the best interests of the children and a carefully-considered custody plan.