Your divorce is something that can be difficult for your children to handle. One big issue is when they have to return to school after they find out about the separation. You can help your child to make the adjustment and continue to thrive in school.

Have a talk with your child about what will change since the divorce. Explain that the divorce isn’t anything that your child should feel bad about. Let him or her know what expectations you have for school. Remind the children that both parents are still going to be here to support them in their schooling.

You should take the time to let your children’s teachers know about the divorce. Even if you don’t notice changes in your child, the teachers who are with them all day might see some that you don’t. This also gives the teachers a chance to find ways to help the kids if that is necessary.

Some children are concerned with how the relationships they have with their friends will change. Assure the children that they will still be able to have a social life and enjoy their friends. You might need to discuss the issue with the parents of your children’s friends’ so that they are aware of what is going on.

You and your ex need to work together to make sure that your child is getting homework done. Plan social activities and extracurricular activities so that your children can continue to be active. This might take some work because of the child custody schedule, but your children shouldn’t suffer because you and your ex aren’t together any longer.

Source: Our Family Wizard, “5 Tips For Helping Your Child Return To School After A Separation,” accessed Oct. 26, 2017