In the coming publication of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders there are some controversial changes being made. The long-debated issue of parental alienation doesn't make the cut, as it is not explicitly defined as a mental disorder, according to the APA's vice chair. It has been said many times before that children of divorce can go through an emotional time when dealing with such a trauma, and that the interactions they have with their parents throughout can profoundly help or hinder the healing process.
When a Colorado couple divorces, it affects the entire family. The majority of parents find ways to handle the situation so as to protect the children from conflict and negativity, but it's easier said than done.
When kids see "back to school" signs at the store, some can't wait to get their hands on fresh pencils and Trapper Keepers, while others might get a sinking feeling in their gut. In either case, starting a new school year can be challenging, and it can be especially so for children of couples who have gone through a divorce recently.
It may sound like pure common sense, but a new study shows that if divorcing parents would focus on their children rather than their own post-marital conflict, it's a win-win for everyone.
Teachers sometimes spend as much time or more with kids than their parents do. They also see children in a different environment for several hours a day, and sometimes they can pick up on problems that might go unnoticed at home.
There are a lot of financial challenges when it comes to divorce. In addition to dividing assets and possibly arranging for child support or alimony payments, the other costly things in life don't go away.
Divorce can be an emotional process for all involved. While each spouse may be struggling with lifestyle changes, it's important not to forget about the kids. A divorce may be somewhat traumatizing to them, so it's important to watch out for signs that they are not doing well.
Obesity rates in children have apparently tripled since 1980. Now, about 17 percent of children and teens in this country are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say that rising number is now playing a role in child custody disputes.
Divorce is at its lowest rate since 1970. However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, over a million children in the U.S. in 2009 lived with a parent who had divorced the previous year. In essence, divorce in the family is still not uncommon for children to see firsthand.
The popular film "Kramer vs. Kramer" was released in 1979, around the peak of divorces in this country. The movie, starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, was a hit and struck a chord with divorcing parents.