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Pets can help kids deal with a divorce

When parents get divorced, it can be very hard for kids to deal with. One thing that experts suggest can help is simply having a family pet.

In some cases, the pet gives the kids a friend or someone they can talk to. They may be very nervous to talk about their feelings with adults or even other kids, but pets help to break down that wall.

Pets also love children unconditionally. Even if you try to explain to the kids that it's not their fault and give them the same love and support you always have, they may need reassurance during such a trying time.

Additionally, pets can help cut back on stress. It's not just a placebo, as multiple medical studies have backed it up. Having a pet can help lower blood pressure, give kids a reason to laugh, and just lower the overall stress level in the home.

Pets are there for the kids when they need them. There are going to be times when your child just wants companionship. Try as you might, the divorce is complicated and time-consuming, and you can't always be there as much as you wish that you could. This is also true after the divorce if you weren't working and now you have to go back to work. A pet can help by providing the child with much-needed company.

Your children really should be the main area of focus during your divorce. It's incredibly important to consider their wishes, desires and needs, looking out for their best interests at every turn as you look into your own rights and legal options.

Source: Huffington Post, "Pets Very Helpful for Children Coping With Divorce," Rosalind Sedacca, accessed May 17, 2017

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