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Teens facing their parents’ divorce can be an emotional rollercoaster, filled with unexpected twists and turns. It’s natural for teens to feel overwhelmed by a mix of emotions such as anxiety, embarrassment, fear, guilt, or shock. 

Tip #1: Share the Load, Lighten the Burden Your teens don’t have to carry the weight of their parents’ divorce alone. Finding someone the trust outside of the family circle—a teacher, coach, or understanding friend—who they can confide in. Expressing their thoughts and feelings can be incredibly freeing and can provide the support they need during tough moments.

Tip #2: Boundaries, Teens Personal Guardrails In the midst of a divorce, it’s important to establish boundaries to protect your teens emotional well-being. Teens are not responsible for resolving their parents’ disputes or acting as a mediator. Explaining to them that they have the right to politely decline if either parent tries to involve them in their disagreements. Setting boundaries is a way permitting your teens to learn about selfcare vocalizing their needs.

Tip #3: Curiosity Doesn’t Always Bring Comfort. While it’s natural for teens to want answers and clarity about what’s happening, diving into the details of the divorce proceedings might not bring them the comfort they seek. Sometimes, assisting them with accepting the unknown and focusing on their own healing journey is the best approach.

Remember, it’s okay not to have all the answers or to feel uncertain about the best way to assist your teen during this time. Providing your teens with some basic understandings and communicating gently about their feelings and needs is important. Offering resources and third parties such as a life coach or therapist so that your teen has a place to speak freely is important.  The storm of divorce will pass, and your teen can emerge stronger and more resilient than ever before. Keeping in mind that your teen is also struggling and that he or she is not defined by their parents’ divorce; and encouraging courage and strength and reminding them of how much they are loved. 🌟

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