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3 Ways Divorce Impacts Only Children Differently

In divorce, divorce advice, single dad, single mom on November 30, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Sixty-four percent of children (classified as people ages 0 to 17) live with two married parents today as opposed to 77 percent of children in 1980. These statistics don’t account for children living with remarried parents, but the Pew Research Center reported in 2014 that 15 percent of children were living with two parents in a remarriage. Any way you slice it with these statistics, it seems divorced families and/or other alternatives to the typical married family household are on the rise.

Knowing this, I felt somewhat better when my ex and I decided to divorce. We both came from married families and so divorce was very different from our upbringing. I even did a lot of reading on children of divorce and felt I understood why my daughter had first responded so strongly to the divorce. She had just turned 3 when we separated and so there was regression in terms of toilet training as well as lashing out aggressively toward myself and on occasion her peers. A year and a half later, she is doing great, but the one thing I had not considered in her divorce experience until as of late as we finalize the divorce was her only-child status.

 

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Kids Need Our Support,

Laura

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  1. It’s strange you wrote about this. It was just after I moved out that my autistic son became closer to his twin. He wasn’t really into his brother but now, now he is trying to build a connection because as sad as it is, his brother is the only constant in his life right now…

  2. Only child of divorced parents here- totally agree with the increased sense of responsibility. Often felt the need to be the adult and caregiver.

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