Although divorce is hardly a unique circumstance in society today, it’s a safe bet that many youngsters feel uniquely affected by divorce when it happens in their own lives and families. And, in many ways, they’re right.
How are they supposed to feel? What are they supposed to do? They don’t know, so they look to us for help.
Lesli Doares, the guest on this program, offers insights, ideas and interventions that can help. She has a firm, personal perspective on a child’s view of divorce, and she suggests ways of telling children about the divorce of their parents. Lesli then goes on to discuss normal reactions to divorce, and how we can best help children and teens through the process. She also tells listeners what behaviors to look for when youngsters become “stuck” and might benefit from professional help. Bottom line: When parents work to manage a good divorce, everyone benefits. It’s worth every bit of the effort.
Lesli maintains a practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina. In addition to her work as a therapist, she’s a popular speaker and workshop leader on the topic of building strong marriages. Lesli’s the author of A Blueprint for a Lasting Marriage: How to Create Your Happily Ever After with More Intention, Less Work. Her website is: www.afearlessmarriage.com. (27:47)
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