Resources for Potential Family Stressors
Families & Divorce.
Marital conflicts have been linked to negative impacts on a child's emotional, social, and cognitive development and wellness if parents are not intentional about processing the changes of divorce, separation, or conflicts with their children. The tension and conflict in the home is stressful for both the parents and the children involved. Children naturally carry this stress and confusion into the classroom with them, and may have trouble concentrating, interacting with their peers, and expressing their feelings. However, there are many resources available to families in order to:
This resource is an interactive website for parents young children, and teenagers. The portion of the website for children uses child friendly language and interactive activities to help children ask questions and process change. The portion of the website for parents is a companion to the child's guide to divorce. It is helpful in providing a safe and effective way for parents communicate with their children and provide opportunities for processing together.
I highly recommend this website to children AND parents going through a separation or divorce in the home.
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
This website is developed by "an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict".
The Resource Center offers a variety of resources for families to use when processing divorce, separation, co-parenting.
It also features practical parenting tips and pamphlets on a variety of topics from legal custody information to guides for stepparent relationships with children.
Families & New Babies
Welcoming a new baby is an exciting time for families. However, it can potentially be scary and threatening for children who aren't quite sure where they fit into a family with a new baby who needs quite a bit of attention they aren't used to sharing. I found these resources to be helpful for parents as they prepare to introduce their children to a new baby, and helpful for children to feel secure in their families and enter this new stage of life with excitement!
Introducing Baby 1 to Baby 2
This resource is full of practical tips for preparing your child to become a sibling.
There are several different stages in which it is important to be intentional about communicating clearly with your child in order to effectively prepare them and help them understand the changes occurring in your family.
This website provides practical tips for the following stages:
Preparing a Child for a New Baby: Becoming a Sibling
What I really love about this resource however, is the list of children's books listed as resources for children of all ages. This is a wonderful way to help children understand pregnancy, new babies, and changing families in a way that makes sense to them. Literature is very effective in creating discussion and communication between parents and children.