First Steps: Handling initial changes

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“How do we do this in a way that supports our children and reassures them that we are going to be okay?”
Children need

  • Time to adjust to the idea that their family is changing.
  • To be prepared for significant changes (i.e. a parent moving, how time is spent between households etc.)
  • Consistent ongoing contact with each parent.
  • An understanding of how life will change and what will stay the same.

What can you do?

  • As best you can, work cooperatively to plan transitions such as separating homes.
  • Avoid making sudden or rash decisions.
  • Separate your needs and feelings about changes from children’s needs.
  • Connect with supports outside of the family to help you gain perspective and sort through your issues regarding how life has changed.