Children of Divorce
When you are a child and your parents are divorced, it can be the most devasating thing that has ever happened to you. When your parent's marriage breaks up, your whole world changes and you may feel you will never be happy again. Divorce can feel painful, frightening, and shameful. Especially when it's your parents.
The good news is that time does heal all wounds and someday you will feel happy and at peace again! There are bright and sunny days ahead for you. And as impossible as it may seem today, someday you may be grateful for this experience and count your parent's divorce as a blessing.
Effects of Divorce on Children
It's been said that when a young person experiences a traumatic event early in their life, such as a divorce or a death, it causes them to mature quickly and allows them to feel, deeply, the suffering of other people. From the ashes of your pain and suffering, fruit will grow that can bless the lives of many. The world needs more people who feel compassionate and empathetic toward others.
Life was not meant to be easy, but is filled with trial, tribulation, and sorrow in order for us to become the strong and noble people Heavenly Father intends us to become. If you have experienced the deep sorrow of your parent's divorce, the Lord trusts that you can get through this period in your life, use the knowledge you have gained to be a better person, and to bless the lives of your friends and family.
Ways For Kids to Cope
Below are several links to articles that will answer many questions you might have right now. Trust that there are always resources, as well as loving church leaders, that will guide you to a better understanding of what life is all about. After you read through the information below, be sure to return to SunnyDawn.com and visit the "Contact Us" page. I'd like to hear from you!
"When Parents Divorce," New Era, Aug. 2000, 40.
"My parents were married in the temple, but now they are divorced," Q & A, New Era, July 1994, 17.
"My parents are going through a divorce. I've had a hard time," Q & A, New Era, Oct. 1999, 17.
"It seems everyone in my ward belongs to a perfect family. My parents are divorced," New Era, Dec. 2002, 16.