How to Help Your Children Get Accustomed to Living in Two Homes

how to help your children get accustomed to living in two homes

Divorce is never easy, but it can be tough on children. In fact, divorce can have a lasting impact on their lives well into adulthood.

There are several reasons for this. First, when parents split up, the child suddenly has to cope with two homes, two sets of rules, and often two sets of family members who are now at odds with each other. This can be very confusing and stressful for a child.

Second, the child may feel responsible for the breakup and worry that either parent will no longer love them. This can lead to feelings of insecurity and self-doubt.

Third, children of divorced parents often struggle academically. They may have trouble concentrating in school or get lower grades than their peers. This is because they are dealing with so many emotional issues at home that they don’t have the time or energy to focus on their studies.

Finally, children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced themselves as adults. This is partly because they see how difficult divorce can be but also because they often lack role models for healthy marriages.

Here’s how you can ensure your children are comfortable living in two homes.

Establish a routine and stick to it as much as possible

After a divorce, it can be challenging to establish a new normal. Daily routines are often disrupted, and previously shared responsibilities may fall entirely on your shoulders. Despite the challenges, it is crucial to establish a routine and stick to it as much as possible. Children significantly benefit from having a predictable schedule. If they know that they will go to the park every Tuesday with their dad, for example, they will feel more secure and have something to look forward to. Of course, life is rarely perfectly predictable, but do your best to stick to the routine even when there are hiccups. If you need to miss a day at the park, try to reschedule for another day that week. Maintaining a consistent routine can provide your children with a sense of stability during a chaotic time.

Let your children know that they are loved and wanted in both homes.

Children of divorce often feel caught in the middle, forced to choose between their parents. This can lead to feelings of guilt, confusion, and betrayal. Both parents must let their children know they are loved and wanted in both homes. One way to do this is to maintain a consistent schedule of visits and phone calls. This will help your children feel secure and connected to both parents. Another way to show your children they are loved is to make sure they have a room in both homes that is their personal space. This can be a place where they can keep their favourite things and feel comfortable and safe. Finally, it is essential to avoid speaking badly about the other parent in front of your children. This will only heighten their feelings of insecurity and confusion. By taking these steps, you can help your children feel loved and wanted in both homes.

Encourage them to talk about their feelings and experiences with both parents.

Children often feel caught in the middle when their parents divorce. They may feel loyal to one parent and resent the other. They may struggle to balance their time between two households. They may even blame themselves for the divorce. It is important for children to feel that they can talk about these feelings and experiences with both parents. It can be helpful to encourage them to keep a journal or to write letters (which can be shared or not, as the child chooses). If the child is very young, drawing pictures can be a way for them to express their feelings. Providing opportunities for your child to talk about their feelings will help them to cope with the challenges of divorce.

Give them plenty of time alone with each parent.

It is not uncommon for children of divorce to feel caught in the middle of their parents. They may feel like they have to choose between mom and dad or that they are somehow responsible for the breakup. Giving children time alone with each parent is essential without the other parent present. This will help them feel comfortable talking openly about their feelings and allow each parent to focus on their relationship with their child. Additionally, each parent must make an effort to spend quality time with their child, even if it is just a few minutes each day. By doing this, children will feel loved and supported by both parents and be less likely to feel caught in the middle.

Make sure they have access to their belongings (clothes, toys, photos) in both homes.

One of the challenges of divorce is figuring out how to best provide for your children. Figuring out a system that works for you and your co-parent will take trial and error, but it’s important to put your child’s needs first. You want to ensure they have what they need in both homes, which can mean stockpiling duplicates of certain items or being flexible about when they see certain items. One way to ensure they always have access to their belongings is to keep a set of clothes, toys, and other items at both homes. That way, they can feel comfortable and familiar no matter where they are. You can also rotate them through different articles on a regular basis, so they always have something new to look forward to. Another idea is to create a photo album or box that contains pictures and mementos from their time with each parent. This will help them to feel connected to both homes, even when they’re physically apart. Whatever system you choose, the most important thing is that your child feels loved and supported in both houses.

Let them see you interact positively with the other parent’s family members.

When divorced or separated parents have a good relationship, it sets a positive example for their children. The children can see that even though their parents are no longer together, they can still get along and interact positively. This can help the children feel more secure and comfortable, knowing their extended family is still there for them. Additionally, when children see their parents interacting positively with the other parent’s family members, it can help to build bridges and create a more robust support system for the children. The children will feel like they have a larger family they can rely on, which can be especially important during times of transition or upheaval. Ultimately, by maintaining a positive relationship with the other parent’s family members, parents can provide their children with greater stability and security.

If you are going through a divorce, our divorce lawyer can help you out and make sure your family is safe and secure.


While following all of these tips perfectly may be challenging, doing your best will help your children feel secure and loved. Remember that you are not alone in this – plenty of other parents are going through the same thing. By talking to each other and sharing advice, we can help our children successfully navigate the waters of divorce. If you have any questions or need additional support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us or one of the many other online resources.

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Written by: the Divorce Fast Team

Our team of Ontario lawyers has over 15 years of experience handling divorce and other family law matters.

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