Town of Clarence Youth Bureau
Dawn Kinney - Executive Director, Jessica Notarius - Youth
Activities Leader, Clifford Trapper - Recreation Department Director
10510 Main Street, Clarence Hollow, Clarence, NY 14031
Phone: 407-2162 * Fax: 759-7498
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Parents: Did You Know?
Each month, the Clarence Youth Board and Youth Bureau will provide information addressing current issues pertinent to youth and families. February’s topic: divorce.
When parents go through a divorce, the impact on children can vary. This month, we’d like to provide different strategies that can help kids to cope with this type of change in their lives at several different age levels.
Strategies for children up to 3 years old — Children this age require consistency and routine and are comforted by familiarity. Therefore, it’s helpful to maintain normal daily routines, particularly regarding sleep and meals, during and after the divorce. Provide your child with his or her favorite toys or security items, and spend extra time holding him and offering physical comfort.
Rely on the help of friends and family and be sure to get plenty of rest so you’ll be alert when your child is awake. If possible, parents should work together to develop normal, predictable routines that their child can easily follow. It’s also important to spend quality time with your child and offer extra attention and ask trusted friends and relatives to do the same. Discuss your child’s feelings, read books together and assure her that she’s not responsible for the breakup.
Sources: divorcesource.com; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Medical Association.