It can be difficult to rationalize a divorce when you have children to think about. You may worry about how divorce will affect your child. You may worry your children’s emotional development will struggle to grow.
You shouldn’t hesitate to file for divorce because you worry about the well-being of your children. Staying in a toxic marriage may actually be hindering your children’s growth far more than a divorce ever could. Here’s what you should know:
Marital fights take away the focus from your children
What you may not realize is that unhealthy marriages make it harder for you to give your children the attention they need to grow. Constant fighting in a marriage takes up the time you would otherwise spend with your children. This can make it harder to comfort them in times of need, support them at big events and grow as a parent alongside them.
Divorce can give you the chance to properly bond with your child without the distractions of upsetting your spouse. You could have the freedom to raise your child the way you intend, giving them the much-needed love they deserve of a supporting parent.
Poor communication can set bad examples for your children
If you and your spouse are prone to frequent arguments or long periods of silence, your child may not be getting the right examples of communication. The way you and your spouse demonstrate your relationship and work through things — or not — can give your child the wrong expectations for their own relationships in the future.
Divorce may not be the easiest choice to make when the well-being of your children is at stake. Divorce can, however, show your children how to move forward out of a bad situation into something better. Sometimes, a divorce can go a long way toward a brighter future for both you and your children.