Whether you are 7 or 17, hearing the news of your parents’ separation can be a sad, stressful time. It could mean you have lost the home you grew up in, or your home is missing somebody who was always there. You may have to move schools, leave friends behind and in some cases, you may even be caught in the crossfire.
For anyone, these changes can be difficult to cope and come to terms with. You may feel sad and angry, guilty and abandoned. You’re not alone in feeling this way and you’re not to blame. Sometimes, things just don’t work out – but it’s important to talk about how you feel.
Express how you feel
If you’re able, talk to friends about how you are feeling. Maybe they have gone through a similar experience and can offer understanding, or they can remind you how great you are, and that they care about you, no matter what is going on at home. Sometimes a friend just needs to know you’re going through a bad time,...