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Help your child get into a routine after the divorce

Children are resilient; however, it is imperative that they have the stability they need to thrive in life. A divorce is a situation that turns a child's world upside down. The stability and routine that they've always known is changing and that is difficult for some children to cope with.

You might have to help your child get into the new routine that is going to be followed at your home. Even though it might be difficult, your child might benefit from you and your ex working together to get the basics of a routine, such as the time the child will go to bed. This can help your child to easily adjust to both homes.

Remember that it is going to take your child time to get into the habit of following the routine at your house. This is especially true if your children are younger. The same is true for the rules of the house. For example, if your ex allows the child to eat food in his or her bedroom, the child might accidentally take food into their room even though that isn't allowed at your home.

Another way that you can help your children to get into the new routine is to let your child know what is coming up and what to expect. Children who can read might benefit from a written daily schedule. Children who can't read might be able to use a picture list of the order of activities for the day.

It might be difficult at first to get into the swing of things, but it should get easier over time. If there are issues that are causing trouble and need to be addressed by the child custody order, you can address this via a modification to the child custody agreement.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "Why Routines Matter For Children," accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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