You and your spouse don’t get along, which is why you’ve decided that getting a divorce is the right thing to do. You know that it could have a negative impact on your children, but you don’t think you have any other option. You’re already fighting in your home and exposing them to negativity, so you want to move on to a situation that is more amicable.

To minimize the impact of your divorce on your children, there are a few things you can do. Here are three tips to help you as you move forward.

Don’t say negative things about your spouse in front of your children

 

The first thing to remember is not to say negative things about your spouse in front of your children. You should do everything in your power to be positive about them or to say nothing at all.

Don’t make your child chose one parent over the other

 

Another important tip is not to ask your child to take sides. Don’t tell them that they’ll get more by being with you or that they should take your side in an argument. They need to have both parents and should be allowed to make their own decisions about those relationships without having their opinions colored by a parent’s comments.

Take care of your own needs as much as possible

 

Finally, take care of yourself. If you take care of your health and reduce your stress, you’ll be a better parent to your child. Be present with them, so you can talk to them about what they need and help them when they are struggling with dealing with the divorce.

Minimize the impact of your divorce on your children with these tips. Your children will adapt to divorce, but your attitude will make a difference.