When your parents break up
   
Taking sides
It’s tricky! All this is going to put you through an emotional roller coaster. These emotions and your parents’ suffering may make you feel like you have to take sides and support only your mother or only your father. But you don't have to choose between your parents. It's easier to say than to do, but think of the long-term consequences on your relationship with both your parents. In a year, are you going to regret things you said or positions you took?

Don’t cut yourself off. Try to maintain you relationship with both your parents, and talk to each of them about your worries and your other feelings concerning their separation. Ask them not to put you in the middle.

In between. Don’t let one of your parents use you (emotional blackmail, competition between parents, etc.) against the other. If this happens, stand your ground and tell them how you feel (for example, “I don’t feel good about this, I feel caught between the two of you.").

Remember that this isn't an easy situation to get through for any child, regardless of whether they're young, adolescent, or adult. If ever you want to talk to someone or get advice, don't be shy. Don't hesitate to call us or write us.
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