Florida parents who do not really want a divorce but cannot see any other viable option often put their kids needs first when settling the details of the decision. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that is a good thing.
When a parent can put aside the conflicting feelings regarding his or her former spouse, children reap big benefits. The AAP reminds parents kids stay more emotionally healthy when mom and dad shield them from the below-the-surface turmoil of a house divided.
The youngest family members also remain more grounded when they can continue to have strong relationships with both parents. The best environment for this to happen is one in which parents set aside their intense biases for the sake of the kids.
In addition to creating an ideal environment for kids to flourish in spite of the circumstances, parents also have the tough job of not just setting aside their own feelings but also encouraging children's bonds with the other parent.
Business Insider reported a study that gave powerful evidence for shared parenting, emphasizing it "should be the norm." Some would agree that it works for older children, but the evidence seemed to prove it works for all kids, no matter their ages. With some exceptions for domestic violence situations, children need both parents, not just a mom or just a dad.
The study stressed "focusing on improving the quality of the relationships with each parent by maximizing the time spent with each of them" improves outcomes for children of divorcees.