Children suffer as much as the parents in a separation, perhaps even more. Children, especially those below 5 years old, have difficulty in understanding the reasons for the breakup of their parents. Those who do understand are expected to experience confusion and uncertainty.
Naturally, children will want their parents to get back together and things go back to what they were. On the other hand, continuous fighting between the parents is an unhealthy environment for the children more than the separation. Thus, it behoves parents to make sure that they guide and support their children during this difficult time. They must not foster hate against the other parent and thereby influence their children. It is always best for the children that parents maintain an amicable relationship with each other. At times like this parents must first consider the children and set aside their own interests.
Parents should both strive to: