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6 ways pets can help families through divorce

Divorce offers a unique set of challenges for every member of the family. Yet one unsuspecting family member that can provide unconditional love and support is the family pet.
Hope After Divorce, FamilyShare Modified: September 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm •  Published: September 4, 2014

Can a pet be helpful to your children during a divorce and the transition after? Without a doubt. If your family has one or more pets, let your children have access to them as much as they desire. There is a great emotional benefit to your children, and they are fortunate that the pets they love can still be in their lives.

If you don’t already have a pet, I recommend getting one — but only if you are in a position to be responsible for that innocent animal during this time of additional stress in your life. If a family pet is out of the question, please consider giving your children time to play with the pets of friends and family. Take them to petting zoos. Allow them contact with other life forms that can give them joy at a time when they are likely experiencing stress and insecurity.

Here are 6 key benefits a pet provides for families coping with divorce.

1. Unconditional love

It has been proven that pets are a source of support and unconditional love for children. During and after divorce, when there is so much instability in a child’s life, a beloved pet can be the bridge to sanity. While much around them may be changing, sweet Fluffy is still there to love them and be by their side.

2. A confidant

Children like to talk to their pets. They are a trusted friend who they can confide and share their deepest fears. This is truly a gift to children and greatly helps with emotional resiliency. Pets are nonjudgmental. They listen attentively. They “understand,” and they always love you back. Isn’t that what your children need at a time like this?

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