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Divorce, child custody could teach Pennsylvania children lessons

Some parents may wish to stay in a failing marriage due to fear of the impact that it could have on the children. Separating parents could lead to child custody issues or other stressful situations for children and parents alike. However, it is important to remember that Pennsylvania children may be able to learn valuable lessons from the actions of their parents, and that includes lessons about relationships from divorce.

Children can learn that separating from someone who is not a good match or contributes to an unhealthy relationship is not necessarily a bad thing. They could learn that it is very important to feel good about themselves as individuals and not define themselves or their self-worth through another person. Learning about mistakes can be a significant lesson when parents divorce, and parents can utilize the situation to teach children that confronting mistakes can have an important impact on a relationship.

They can also learn a great deal about their relationship with both of their parents. As children will often spend time with only one parent at a time instead of both parents together after divorce, they can grow closer with their individual relationships. They can learn that each parent loves the children, even if they are no longer a couple.

Using divorce to teach lessons to children can be a difficult undertaking as so many different aspects must be focused on during the proceedings. However, it is important for parents to remember that staying together for the sake of the children may not always create the most positive environment. Information on Pennsylvania child custody laws and relevant situations could help parents determine how children may be affected by divorce and what paths may be the best to follow.

Source: The Huffington Post, 15 Life Lessons Kids Learn From Divorce, No author, Dec. 16, 2013

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