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Frequent communication can help your teen handle your divorce

Your teenager can get pretty moody on any given day. If you and your ex are going through a divorce, it can make things even worse. What can you do to make things easier for them?

A recent study published in the Journal of Family Issues shows that consistent parent-child contact is key to helping young people get through their parents’ divorce. To ensure your teen’s well-being, you should focus on maintaining communication with them.

Your relationship with your ex is not the biggest factor

Older studies suggested that cooperation between co-parents was the most important factor in a teen’s reaction to divorce. But this study found that the level of hostility between the parents did not have as much of an effect.

The researchers hope that this knowledge will help shift divorce education towards parent-child relationships—instead of focusing on civility between both parents.

Technology makes talking easier than ever

One reason that this study places communication over parental conflict is because of the changes in technology. Most teenagers have a cell phone or tablet, making it easier than ever to just send a text or call.

When you and your teen don’t see each other every day, taking advantage of these communication methods can help keep your relationship strong. Being there for your teen even when you aren’t in the same home might help them deal with their feelings better.

You don’t want your divorce to hurt your teenager. Proper communication is necessary to stay connected. Speaking openly and honestly can help you both navigate the changes that divorce brings.

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