Every child may have an individual and even unexpected reaction to his or her parents’ divorce. But given what you know about your children’s emotions, reasoning, and expectations, consider how your children might feel if you were to divorce. (You may need to consider this for each child, if their reactions would be different.) Here are some emotions your children might feel:


Angry  Confused  Frustrated  Hopeful  Nervous  Scared

Annoyed  Disappointed  Guilty  Left Out  Relieved  Surprised

Betrayed  Excited  Happy  Lonely  Sad  Worried


Which of these emotions might your children feel? Are there other emotions your children might feel?

Why do you think your children would feel these emotions?

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