Divorce is a stressful time for all parties involved, especially children of divorced couples. Depending on your children’s ages, they may not understand why you split from your spouse and even with an explanation they may still find it confusing.

Your children may react different depending on their ages. Children are still developing and their minds can be extremely vulnerable to the stress of divorce. The more that you know about how your children may react, the more likely you are to feel prepared.

Huffington Post lists how children at different ages react to divorce.

How toddlers act

Toddlers do not have the same cognitive abilities that older children do. Divorce may be much more confusing to them. Likewise, they may not be able to cope with divorce well. Younger children are more prone to emotional problems because adjustments are more difficult for them to make

How school age children act

With school age children, your children may have trouble in school. Children may still hold onto hope that you and your spouse will get back together. If your children are under the age of 12, it is likely that they will blame themselves for the separation. In addition, they may think that they can fix the relationship.

It is important to be aware of any changes at school. Children may choose school to act out and to show aggressive behavior. Often, they will also daydream rather than do their schoolwork. Your children may even begin to show anger towards one parent more than the other and take sides to criticize the other.