Summer can be a challenging time for kids living in two households. Remember, children and teens look to the adults in their lives in times of uncertainty. Lead by example and do not unnecessarily alarm them. Take time to have calm and reassuring conversations (without phones in hand!), keep a routine if at all possible with time for academic work, chores and any other normal activities along with some summer fun.
Here are some signs of anxiety or depression in kids and teens:
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Expressions of excessive worry or sadness
- Increased irritability or acting out in teens
- Difficulty paying attention or concentrating
- Unexplained physical complaints in healthy children
- Regression or returning to behaviors they had outgrown
- Development of unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Poor school performance and or avoiding school related tasks
- Avoidance of previously enjoyed activities
- Use of alcohol, drugs or other substances
Remember, your kids can thrive if you can embrace the idea of ONE family in TWO households.