Some children may feel angry about the situation, but anger is a complex emotion to understand. Many children don’t understand why they feel angry and are unsure if they’re allowed to feel it. As a result, they suppress their anger, which can lead to challenging feelings like depression and anxiety.
During and after the divorce, parents can help their children by staying alert to increased habits of isolation, aggression, disobedience, recklessness, apathy or other unusual behaviors. It’s normal for children to act differently during times of significant life change. But most children need a parent or adult they trust to help them balance the urge to suppress their anger or recklessly express it.