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Getting your kids back on track after a divorce

After a divorce, children may still struggle. Their routines are different, and they may have had to move or start over at a new school. As a parent, it's hard to see your child struggle, but it's possible to take steps to help him or her get back on track.

Some of the things you can do to help your child after divorce include encouraging activities, participating in school life and maintaining a new daily routine.

1. Encouraging activity

When you go through a divorce, many things change. If your child participated in activities that are still possible in your new home, try to keep those activities the same in the future. Having at least one constant in a changing life helps your child find balance and comfort. For example, if your child always plays baseball in the summer leagues, continue to sign him or her up for the team this year.

2. Participate in school events

New schools could be fun for kids or become a source of trouble. To help your child adjust, make sure you spend time at the school. Knowing other parents also encourages you to set up play dates with younger children, so your child makes friends faster.

3. Maintain a routine

While you have newfound freedoms, having a different routine every day doesn't help your child. Try to stick to a routine whenever he or she is at home. For instance, if you always wake him or her up in the morning at 8 a.m., continue to do that. If you're always there when he or she gets off the school bus, try to maintain that routine following the divorce. Children need structure, and with it, they feel in control.

These three tips for helping your child after divorce make a difference. Try them, and watch your child thrive.

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