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Children need full attention of parents after divorce

One of the most important things that any child needs from his or her parents is time. The quality of that time is also important. Quality time, not divided attention, is what children require to learn valuable emotional and social life lessons. That can be difficult in today’s society where parents seem to be virtually married to cell phone or other such devices. In a child’s eyes, the challenge with that can be great.

That is the basis upon which a recent article discusses the impact of cell phones and other technology on children of divorce. After a divorce, children already lose time with their parents due to the agreed upon child custody arrangements, spending far less time with at least one if not both parents than they had previously. If parental relocation occurs, that impact is even greater.

The article asserts that for children with already limited time and attention from a parent, to receive only partial attention due to the interruption of mobile devices is like adding salt to a wound. Children learn how to manage emotions and process their world by interacting with others, especially their parents. Face to face and eye to eye contact is critical to this development but is not fully allowed when parental eyes divert to their cell phones.

No matter the parenting time agreement that is set up, divorced parents may wish to consider putting away their phones now and then to spend quality time with their children. Such actions may be helpful even during a divorce process and can be something to discuss with an attorney when identifying child custody plans.

Source: Wired, “How Multitasking on Mobile Affects Children of Divorce” Arabella Watters, August 31, 2013

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