Separation of parents is quite commonplace now, but its impact is not insignificant. The consequences of divorce affect childrenâ€™s lives in every aspect, including their emotional balance, social skills and psychological development.
As far as a child is concerned, divorce of parents is a lifelong agony. When one parent disappears from the life of the child, the meaning of the word â€˜familyâ€™ is lost forever for him/her. Small children might express regressive behaviour due to this. The custodial parent may find it difficult to manage the childâ€™s anxiety.
Children of separated parents feel all the more insecure and depressed when they observe other children lead a happy life with both their parents. They may feel abandoned and it will definitely reflect on their studies. Their confusion to choose one parent to stay with, creates mental pressure as well.
Children from broken families suffer from a lot of psychological problems. They feel secluded and lonely. This results in running away, choosing bad friends, involvement in anti-social activities, etc. as they grow up. Long term effects can even result in the breakdown of their own marriages.
Parents need to have a proper plan regarding childcare prior to separation. Children require love and affection from both parents, and if living together is not possible, try to keep in touch with your child wherever you may live.