Divorce is hard for you but it can be easier for your children if you follow these 8 steps.

“The best thing you can do for your child is love their mother.” 

That is my favorite quote of all time because it speaks volumes about parenting and says nothing about marriage. You can also change the word mother to father and the meaning is exactly the same!

Here are eight things to think about concerning your children and divorce:

1. Should I Stay In This Marriage For My Kids?

The answer is both yes and no. Yes, you should stay if you’re not strong in your own convictions to get out. You need to feel confident in your decision in order to handle the emotions the kids will also go through.

You should not stay in the marriage for your kids especially if there is abuse — domestic violence or sexual abuse. Your kids’ relationships will reflect yours. They learn the basics of relationships based on their parent’s relationship, so remember, you are their role model and they will inevitably have the same relationships as you do.

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