A Guide for Teachers on Helping Children Adjust to Divorce (MU Extension)

Guide for TeachersFrom MU Extension at the University of Missouri-Columbia, “A Guide for Teachers on Helping Children Adjust to Divorce” is a guide designed specifically for school teachers on helping children deal with their parents’ divorce. The article explains:

Schools can play an important role in helping children make a positive adjustment to their parents’ divorce. This guide suggests ways that schools, preschools and childcare centers can support children through difficult family transitions. By working together, families and schools can form a network of support that promotes healthy child development.

The resource covers four key elements which drive a successful family-school relationship:

  • Approach
  • Attitude
  • Atmosphere
  • Action

For each element, this article explains how it applies to divorced and single-parent families and provides teachers with useful and practical advice on how to incorporate families in the educational life of their kids following a divorce or separation.

The article concludes:

“…many children experience parental divorce and live in a stepfamily for part of their lives. Schools can support children through family transitions by taking a partnership approach, having informed attitudes, creating an atmosphere that welcomes all types of families, and taking action that supports all children and parents.”

If you work in education, you’ll want to check out the article for all the details on how you can help children adjust to divorce.

LINK TO RESOURCE: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/GH6611

LINK TO PDF FILE: http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/hesguide/humanrel/gh6611.pdf

For more resources and information on divorce, family disruption and modern families please visit our Hope 4 Hurting Kids Divorce and Modern Family Help Center.
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Written by Wayne Stocks
Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times. In addition to Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne previously started I Am A Child of Divorce and Divorce Ministry 4 Kids to help kids who are dealing with the disruption of their parents' relationship. These are now part of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. Wayne speaks frequently at conferences and churches on issues related to helping kids learn to deal with difficult emotions and life in modern families. Wayne lives with his wife, three youngest kids, three dogs and an insane collection of his kids' other pets outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his work with Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne is a partner in a local consulting firm, an avid reader, coaches his son's soccer team and is a proud supporter of Leicester City Football Club (and yes, for those in know, his affinity for the club does predate the 2016 championship). You can reach Wayne at wayne@hope4hurtingkids.com.