Children of all genders and ages feel the psychological impact of parental divorces. If you have teen daughters and are planning a divorce, you might want to know how it could affect them.
A recent study by recognized childhood authorities shows that divorce can impact teen girls in four ways. Below, you can learn more about these effects, preparing you to protect your daughters during and after your divorce.
Some daughters lose trust in their parents in divorce situations. Often, this causes the girls to distance themselves from their parents and lean more on their peers.
Seeking outside information
Trust issues may make daughters look elsewhere to learn about life growing up and other topics usually addressed by parents. Unfortunately, this means they could gain access to questionable information or knowledge they are not mature enough to process.
Resisting parental authority
Without a perceived psychologically secure environment, some teenage girls may resist your and your co-parent’s authority. Most youths of any gender are not mature enough to make decisions without parental supervision.
Taking more risks and chances
Divorce can lead to increased risk-taking behaviors in teenage daughters and sons. This might mean consuming alcohol, driving recklessly or experimenting with drugs and sex. Knowing about this possibility empowers you to keep a close eye on your teen children throughout your divorce.
What can you do?
If you have teenagers, put careful consideration into your divorce arrangements. Seek solutions that allow you to provide your kids with stability, structure and meaningful parent-child time.
Awareness is the first step in preventing psychological issues from harming your children. Now that you know how divorce could affect your daughters, protect them by exploring your legal options under Florida law.