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Helping Children Cope With Divorce

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A pediatrician once asked me to help a six-year-old named Sam, who was struggling withangerand sadness over his parents’divorce. His mother and father had separated nine months before, and he was fighting at school and crying himself tosleepnightly. After I talked with Sam weekly for six weeks, he began to feel better and calmed down at school. His parents, who worked hard at co-parenting, had both noticed the change and shared that information with me and, on my advice, with him. Sam seemed surprised. “You talk about me with Dad?” he said. Mom answered, “We got some helpunderstandingyour upset about our divorce, and we are cooperating better about you [sic].” Sam replied, “Good. Now I can get over it!”

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