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How divorces affect children in our society Families are divided everyday and the circumstances vary but they still cause traumatic behavior toward those who are irate about their families separating It seems to be a dilemma for parents that no longer acquire each others company to make choices about their marriage with animosity and revulsion toward one another What about the children and how does the divorce affect them Between birth and the age of three divorce is felt indirectly through the distress that is experienced by the custodial parent usually the mother If a mother who is parenting a baby or a toddler is feeling depressed about the breakup of her marriage this depression will affect her relationship with her child Perhaps she might lack the energy and enthusiasm to ne actively involved with her child The child may feel as though the parent is less interested in him or is rejecting him If this occurs between birth and two years of age the child may not establish that bond of trust with the mother that is essential for creating emotional stability A child at this age is beginning to learn how to give love and receive love two very important dynamics in any close relationship If the bond is not established and the child feels somewhat unattached and anxious about the lack of bonding this may be transferred to other relationships as the child grows It may be difficult for the child to have a close relationship with other adults and also peers In Teenage years teenagers might perceive the departure of one parent as personal abandonment causing an exaggerated expectation of rejections in other relationships This though could cause problems in social and dating relationships Girls for instance might believe that most boys will reject them because they felt their father rejecting them when he left home Their confusion about the nature of men might further be confused if their father
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