The Teen Retreat

Many people think that when a teens’ parents divorce it’s easier on them because they are older and can understand better. We know that that isn’t true. Many times divorce is actually harder on teens than younger children. This page is for you!

QUESTIONS TEENS ASK

You probably have a lot of questions about what is going on. We’ll tackle many of those questions here.

Questions About Divorce

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Questions About Emotions

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Questions About Life

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Questions About Parents

What Do I Do When My Parents Start Dating Other People?

When your parents split up it’s hard.  There are tons of changes that happen in your life, and you may never really get used to the idea though you will likely adapt to your new life eventually.  One thing that makes the process even harder though is when you parents...

Should I Tell My Parents How I Feel?

Following the divorce or separation of your parents, your relationship with them may feel distant or strained.  It may be the case that you have been angry with them and have intentionally avoided them causing your relationship to suffer.  They might be busy...

How Can I Keep My Parents From Dating After a Divorce?

Next to your parents actually getting a divorce, the hardest thing you might face is when they start dating other people.  It’s weird to see your father with someone other than your mother or your mother with anyone other than your father.  And, it’s natural for you...

How Can I Respect and Honor My Parents After A Divorce?

When your parents divorce, you entire world changes.  Many times, you are find out or are given information about one parent or the other which impacts your view of them.  Perhaps one of your parents made bad decisions which and betrayed the trust of your other parent...

What Can I Do To Get My Parents Back Together?

It is very common for children whose parents have divorced to hope that their parents might get back together.  Most children of divorce experience this at some point following their parents’ separation.  This desire might last for a long time, and you may get angrier...

What Should I Do When My Parents Say Bad Things About Each Other?

Your parents would not have gotten a divorce if their relationship had not been strained in the first place.  In addition, divorce is a hard and stressful time, and many parents come out of a divorce with even more bitter feelings towards one another.  They should...

Questions About Spiritual Stuff

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RESOURCES FOR TEENS

Register For An Online Support Group for Teen Children of Divorce

We are please to officially announce the beginning of I Am A Child of Divorce support groups.  These groups are intended children of divorce find hope and healing in the aftermath of their parents’ separation or divorce. Groups are free to participate in and will...

Helping Teens Adjust to Stepparents (KidsHealth.org)

...statistics show that one third of all children are likely to spend some time in a stepfamily while growing up. Many times adjusting to a parent dating and/or getting remarried can be harder than the initial divorce.  This article from the TeensHealth portion of...

Identifying, Naming and Recognizing Your Feelings (A New Resource)

Here at I Am A Child of Divorce, we are pleased to announce the release of a brand new resource developed in conjunction with Divorce Ministry 4 Kids.  The new book entitled “My Feelings Workbook” is designed to help kids, teens and adults to name the emotions they...

Free Books for Children of Divorce

Donald Harting is a child of divorce.  His parents separated when he was eight years old and divorced when he was 15.  He knows what it is like to lose an intact family and deal with the repercussions of divorce.  As a way to honor his parents, he has built a living...

Helping Teens Deal With Divorce (KidsHealth.org)

This article from the TeensHealth portion of KidHealth.org helps teens with various issues related to the divorce of parents.  It is packed with useful tips and information for teens going through the divorce of their parents.  It covers topics including: Why are my...

ADDITIONAL READING FOR TEENS

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