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EARLY YEARS: Divorce can be more emotionally difficult for children than it is for parents

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Published: Nov. 13, 2018 at 11:24 AM EST
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Going through divorce is tough on couples, but it can be emotionally damaging for their children.

That's why the seminar,"For Kids' Sake" is being offered through the Conflict Resolution Center of Children's Trust..

The four hour class is designed for parents who are separating or divorcing, to teach them how to nurture their children through the transition.

It can also help prevent potential psychological or behavioral problems.

"Everything from bed wetting to acting out at school. Grades can be affected. And some of these negative effects can follow the child all the way into adulthood," says program administrator Kim Kristensen.

He says it's not the divorce itself that can led to these issues, but how parents handle their divorce around the children.

"Don't put the kids in the middle. Don't say bad things to each other about each other in front of the kids or don't say bad things to the kids about the other parent," says Kristensen.

That might sound like common sense, but the class provides tools for parents to better communicate with their children about the divorce..

"There might be things they don't know about. Other strategies they can use with communications, with how they act and talk around their kids, and telling the kids about the divorce itself or the

separation is an important piece."

The For Kids' Sake classes are held on the third floor of the Jefferson Center, Children’s Trust Conference Room.

Upcoming Classes:

Saturday, November 17 (9am – 1pm)

Saturday, December 15 (9am – 1pm)

Saturday, January 19 (9am – 1pm)

You'll find a link to registration information to the right of this story.

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