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How to Be a Good Parent to a Young Child After a Divorce


As a parent, getting divorced from your partner can definitely be a devastating experience for you. And if it’s already pretty devastating for you, imagine how much more devastating it might be for your child. For a young child, having your parents get a divorce could be a pretty confusing thing. And now that it’s just you and your child, you’ll have to make sure that you can still be the best parent that you can be for them. Though it might seem a little hard at first, you’ll eventually get the hang of it. If you’re still a little scared by the situation, don’t worry. Just continue reading and take some of these tips into consideration.

Help Your Child Understand the Situation

The best way to help parent your child through this situation would be to help them understand the situation that they’re in. Explain why it’s just you two now. But do make sure that you do it in such a way that they understand and that you don’t put any negative feelings in your explanation. Try to be as objective as possible. Also, make sure that they don’t ever think or feel that it’s their fault. After all, the divorce was between you and your partner.

Focus on What’s Best for the Both of You

Given your situation, now you’ll have to make decisions that will benefit you and your child. Be sure to focus on raising your child in ways that will help strengthen your relationship with your child. Also make sure that whatever decisions you make, both of you will grow from it. Even if the situation might not be ideal, remember that there are still opportunities for both of you to continue to grow. Just because your marriage ended doesn’t mean that better days have come to an end too. There will always be ways to grow and become better, you’ll just have to work to get there. You can still be a great parent despite being divorced.

Help is Always There

Just because your partner left you doesn’t mean that you’re on your own. You can always get help in raising your child. Whether it be friends or family, don’t be afraid to reach out. If you happen to still co-parent with your ex-spouse, you two can still work together to help raise your child. There will always be someone there to help you raise your child with you. You don’t have to deal with all of it on your own. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t. There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it.

Parenting a child on your own will definitely be difficult. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. Being divorced doesn’t make you any less of a parent, so don’t let it hold you back from raising your child in the best way that you can.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas.

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