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Tell your pediatrician about your divorce plans

If you've recently decided to get a divorce, it's likely that you've been considering it for a long time. Perhaps you made the decision for the health and well-being of your children. In order to further support your health and that of your children, you may want to talk to your children's pediatrician.

It's impossible to end things with a spouse without feeling the emotional pangs of separation, even if you know it's the right decision for everyone involved. The emotional wounds that come up at this time need to be honored and cared for so that they don't get worse than they have to be. This is especially true for your children. Fortunately, your pediatrician can help you with advice and guidance regarding how to support your children during this emotionally difficult time, He or she also needs to know what's going on in order to recognize the cause of medical issues.

The way you support your children in your divorce will depend on their ages. For example, a divorce might create an issue relating to potty training, sleep issues, concentration problems, weakened immune systems and stomach/digestive issues. Due to these and other potential consequences, it's vital to tell your child's physician as soon as possible about your divorce plans.

Children of divorce are not doomed to be psychologically scarred or to have health problems now or in the future. When parents discuss the consequences of divorce with their family doctors and divorce lawyers, they will be armed with the information they need to be the best parents to their children that they can possibly be.

Source: HuffPost, "Getting a Divorce? Considering it? Tell a Pediatrician," Oct. 06, 2017

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