Divorce is no picnic for the people going through it, but it is not only the couples themselves that are affected by this process. Children can become pawns in divorce and this can be very difficult for them. In order for your children to successfully cope and manage with your divorce, it is paramount that you handle the process in a mature and confident manner. If you are one of thousands of couples seeking a divorce in Michigan with children, according to Kid’s Health it is important to keep yourself healthy throughout the process. 

Divorce is a stressful time. It is possible that you may be going through financial, emotional, and other forms of personal turmoil. But remember that your children are going to be looking to you for support throughout this process. Just like how in an airplane crash it is imperative that you put your own oxygen mask on before helping others, you need to have a solid plan for managing your own stress before you can hope to adequately take care of your kids. For different people, managing stress will look different. Some will find that taking up (or sticking with) an exercise routine will help them keep a clear head. Others may find that being involved with spiritual practices will keep them grounded. Having a solid support network does wonders. Even therapy can help you work through your emotions in a healthy way. 

Dealing with your own stress will make you more readily available for your kids. If you can get them involved with your healthy coping mechanisms – like a family run, for instance – this can go a long way toward helping your children manage their own stress over the divorce.