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What can parents do to help children through divorce?

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2022 | Divorce |

When parents divorce, their primary concern is for their children. And, often, divorcing spouses talk about ways they can make the divorce easier on their kids. For Pensacola, Florida, parents, there are a few options, both easier and harder.

A harder option: nesting

One option that has grown in popularity lately is a living arraignment known as birdnesting or nesting. In this practice, the parents keep their children’s lives the same by not selling the family home. This means that the kids stay in their room, keep their same friends and do not have to change schools or school districts.

And, where normally the child would shuttle between the parents, when parents nest, they shuttle in and out of the family home according to the parenting plan or child custody order.

Since the child’s life is not impacted by the divorce, they are not emotionally affected by the process. For the divorcing parents, since that is one less thing to worry about, they also benefit psychologically.

Moreover, depending on the situation (shared-offsite apartment, garage apartment, etc.), and not needing to buy new items for the child immediately, it can also save the Pensacola, Florida, divorcing parents a lot of money.

Making the home feel like home

Even if the parents do not choose to nest, another key is making the child feel at home in both. This can be done in a few ways. First, bring items from the old home into both new homes. Let the child pick something too. Second, include them in the home selection and home decorating process.

And, finally, give them their own space. Preferably, they would get an entire room, but even a corner that they can call their own can be enough. The key is to get them to buy into both new homes so that they both feel like home.

Trust and consistency

Another way to make the divorce process easier on the children and the parents is trust and consistency. When you agree to the parenting plan, stick to it. Unless there is an emergency, make sure you keep that consistency. For trust, be honest about the process with your children. Let them ask questions, but never speak ill of the other parent.


The key here is twofold: keep your child’s best interests and amicability at heart. Both Pensacola, Florida, divorcing spouses should choose amicability instead of fighting. This does not mean giving everything up to the other spouse, but it does mean trying to find mutually agreeable solutions. After all, the goal should be to make sure both parents are in their best possible positions after the divorce.

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