We all know that divorce can be difficult on the children involved. However, it has also been revealed that children can thrive when the divorce is healthy. In fact, staying in an unhealthy marriage can do more damage than divorcing. And, when the dust settles, moving forward in life can be a good thing for your children too.
Blended families are everywhere. Although children will always be sad that their parents are no longer together, the thought of gaining an expanded can be a truly positive experience for them. According to author Brittany Wong, children will flourish when they have two sets of caring, supportive and loving parents. Add siblings that they love, and it can be downright great.
This isn’t to say that getting to a peaceful and happy existence in a blended family is easy. It can be extremely awkward for a child to stay in a new home with new kids. It is common for siblings to isolate themselves from their half-siblings. However, as time passes and common interests are discovered, the kids will soon begin to bond.
Adjusting to differing parental rules can take some time too. If one set of parents are stricter than the other set, it can lead to confusion. The more the divorced couple can communicate about implementing rules across-the-board, the easier it will be for the children to adjust. However, it is inevitable that everyone in a blended family will have to learn how to compromise and be flexible in adjusting to blended family life.
Being part of a blended family can have a significant impact your children’s personality and life decisions. The older siblings learn how to set good examples and how to be a mediator when disputes arise. The younger siblings learn to share and communicate more openly. All in all, a blended family is just a larger family learning to meet each other in the middle.
If you are considering divorce and you are worried about the impact it will have on your children, it is important to understand that divorce can have positive influences on your children too. Don’t remain in an unhappy and unhealthy marriage. Contact the Men’s Divorce Law Firm to schedule a consultation with a caring professional, and aggressive advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child timesharing (custody), and paternity matters.