Helping Infants and Toddlers Adjust to Divorce (MU Extension)

Infants and ToddlerFrom MU Extension at the University of Missouri-Columbia, this resource specifically addresses how divorce impacts infants and toddlers.  Too many people believe that divorce does not impact these kids because they are young.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Beginning with younger infants (birth to 8 months), this article explains that, “Infants do not understand divorce  However, infants pick up on changes in their parents’ feelings and behaviors.”

The article also explains the reactions of older infants (8 to 18 months) and toddlers (18 months to 3 years) and includes special sections to address:

  • Parent-child attachment relationships and divorce
  • Encouraging infants and toddlers to express emotions
  • Reducing the stress of divorce for infants and toddlers



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