Divorced and single parents are creating new
Children of divorce say these things:
This support group meets monthly in Brookline and is designed for parents with primary/physical custody. Men and women who have children through elementary school years will find help and support as they struggle to learn the new language of divorce and co-parenting. And, they will find new ideas about how to get on with their personal life in a full way.
Divorce forces children to confront a web of complex relationships that kids from intact families do not have to face. Life is not necessarily more troubled but certainly more complex.
The impact of divorce is both positive or negative for children. Children might learn to see divorce as positive if it helped parents go on to a better lives.
Many young adults who are children of divorce have serious/troubling questions as they attempt commitment in relationships. Studies of divorce suggest that children who look good at the time of the divorce may be vulnerable to relationship anxiety as young adults. If children (especially young girls) have not dealt with their own feelings and grief at the time of their parent's divorce, they may have difficulty forming committed relationships as adults. Symptoms often include anxiety and panic. Thoughts and feelings unexplored at the time of their parents' divorce surface as most kids of divorce have not had a chance to talk about what the divorce was like for them.
Coming to terms with parental separation and divorce means thinking and talking about things in new ways. There is often unresolved grief. Often no one has asked the child, "What's this like for you." These short-term groups with other adults who have experienced parental divorce as children or teenagers give an opportunity to talk. Group members usually discuss: