3 to 5 years (Preschoolers)
Children from three to five years are preschoolers who are exploring their environment. This cognitive development means an increase in their vocabulary, and their level of thinking becomes more complex. They believe that they are in total control of their environment, which can pose a problem for parents who want a divorce. The child may feel as though they are responsible for the divorce and if this is the case, they feel powerless about the outcome.
How To Handle It
Preschoolers do not understand the dimensions and ramifications of divorce, and they do not want to see their parents separate. No matter how extreme the tension is in the home, the child often feels responsible for the separation. At this age, parents must handle the divorce in an open and frank manner. If the child sees that the parent adjust to the divorce, then the children will most likely adjust to it positively. It’s important that the parent reassure with physical and verbal affection. Children may feel very lonely and need someone to talk to.
A child of this age is old enough to have uncertain feelings about the future and a sense of generalized responsibility. He or she may keep anger trapped inside and be subject to bad dreams and unpleasant thoughts or ideas. A child may worry about his safety.
Parents should set up a specific time each day to be with the children for activities like reading together. A parent can do good by encouraging the child to talk openly. Even if the child balks, the parent should ensure visitation with estranged spouse and encourage visitation if it is needed.
Remedy Ideas for Parents:
Navigate: Home Categories Children and Divorce The Different Age Stages as they Relate to Divorce 3 to 5 years (Preschoolers)
Useful Online Tools
Resources & Tools
PARENTS FOR LIFE -- Divorcing parents must remember that although they are no longer spouses, they remain parents for life.
Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
How to Win Child Custody
Parent's Ability and Willingness to Cooperate: The Friendly Parent Doctrine, As a Most Important Factor in Recent Child Custody Cases
|Your Right to Child Custody, Visitation & Support
Cover Price: $
Your Price: $17.95
You Save: $7.00
"A Plain English Guide to Protecting Your Children"
Author: Mary L. Boland, Attorney at Law
|The information contained on this page is not to be considered legal advice. This website is not a substitute for a lawyer and a lawyer should always be consulted in regards to any legal matters. Divorce Source, Inc. is also not a referral service and does not endorse or recommend any third party individuals, companies, and/or services. Divorce Source, Inc. has made no judgment as to the qualifications, expertise or credentials of any participating professionals. Read our Terms & Conditions.|