How children act out this anger depends on their developmental stage. Whatever the circumstances, dating may trigger emotions that are similar for both parents and children.
Clear and sensitive communication is the key to helping children cope with the adjustment. Children may feel anger that parents have their own rules for sexual behaviour and enforce what may seem like different rules for their children. They may be fearful of being hurt again, worry that they may not be loved by the new person, and have concerns about how the new person will fit into their lives.
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For kids whose parents split, being an adult at the time of separation might make it easier to understand and accept the decision, but it comes with its own set of challenges.