If you are recently divorced, you may be struggling to adapt to your new life. The challenges are even greater if you and your former spouse have children together. As an adult, you are likely able to recognize many of the emotions you are dealing with and to manage them to a certain extent. While it may not be easy, you are still able to go about your normal daily activities with minimal interference. For a child, however, the situation can be more difficult as his or her entire world may now be different. Unfortunately, many children—especially younger children—lack the skills and ability to effectively manage their emotions. In some cases, this can lead to behavioral issues at home and at school. Therefore, it is extremely important for divorced parents to maintain open lines of communication with their children’s teachers, helping to identify and address problems as they arise.
Studies have long suggested that children divorce experience more behavioral and conduct problems in school than children from two-parent households. Such behavior is often aggressive, impulsive, and, at times, anti-social. These types of problems, however, may not always be obvious to a parent at home, especially one who is trying to learn how to manage the household alone. Teachers spend as much as six to eight hours per day with their students, granting them a great deal of insight into the children’s lives and behavior. If something starts to change with your child, chances are good that his or her teachers will be the first to notice it.