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How do you deal with the break up of a long term relationship when there are children involved?

Smartliving Guest asked this
March 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM



One day at a time. :(

Allow yourself time to process your feelings - to be angry at your ex and to be sad about the loss of that relationship - but do your best to keep that from leaking over into your parenting. How would you want your own children to react as adults in the same situation? It's easier said than done, but do your best to be an example of that behavior.

Try and look at it in a positive way - the problems that led to the breakup are no longer something you need to live with every day. That energy you used up just trying to keep the relationship afloat is now freed up for you to use as you will - ideally in the cultivation of the personal traits that make you most proud to be you.

Whether it's a skill, knowledge in a particular area, or even a character trait you are most proud of, it would be a great time to pursue an activity that will further it. It would also be a great time to build your relationship with your children and to reach out to friends and family.

Most of all remember that emotions are fleeting things. The way you feel now is not the way you have always felt or will always feel. It will pass.

There's someone out there better suited to you that you now have the opportunity to have a relationship with! Until you meet them though, stand tall and keep your head up. Be all the things that make you proud to be you.

Hope this helps...

Erin Froehlich answered
March 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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