Children often struggle when their parents go through a divorce. Trying to help them work through their own emotions as you try to handle everything related to the end of the marriage can be a challenge. There are several things that you can do that might help them, but you must also avoid doing things that can make things more difficult for them.

One of the most important things to remember during this transition is that you need to do things that are in the child’s best interest. Try to avoid arguing with your ex over minor points, especially if you’re in front of the kids.

You might be able to form a productive relationship with your ex so that you can work as a team to parent the children. This can provide them with the stability that they need to thrive. If you do this, remember that everything you say and do must be respectful.

Communication is another area that’s often difficult. You might not always feel like having to deal with your ex, but you’ll have to make the best of it when it comes to the children. Agree that neither parent will badmouth the other one.

Never try to have the children relay messages from one parent to the other. Kids might not seem to mind; however, it isn’t fair to them to have to remember the message. It also might not be ideal for them to have to deal with the reaction from the parent if it’s not a positive message. Plus, there’s the risk of the message being relayed incorrectly.

You should also ensure that you always comply with the parenting plan. This document is the roadmap for your parental responsibilities and the schedule you’ll follow with the children.