During infancy, babies are able to feel tension in the home (and between their parents) but can't understand the reasoning behind the conflict.If the tension continues, babies may become irritable and clingy, especially around new people, and have frequent emotional outbursts.But broken-up spouses can help stop the damage by managing their own behavior before the ink dries on the divorce papers. Gary Neuman, LMHC, gives exes pointers on how to split up without emotionally destroying their kids long term."Too many parents attempt to communicate through their children," Neuman says, "which causes undue emotional stress on them and forces them to negotiate a situation their own parents could not handle.Kids of divorce can feel they've been hit the hardest by the end of their parents' relationship.
How to ease the transition: Children this age require consistency and routine and are comforted by familiarity.
Divorce represents a pivotal and often traumatic shift in a child's world -- and from his perspective, a loss of family.
When told of the news, many children feel sad, angry, and anxious, and have a hard time grasping how their lives will change.
After the HS Musical cake, the girls broke the HS Musical piñata to get their party favors -- temporary tattoos of the film's characters.
The children did a special performance of the HS Musical dance when parents arrived to pick them up.