Typical reaction of children and young people

Here are some typical reactions of children and young people. Remember there are no typical children:

  • Clinging to one or both parents
  • Being aggressive and blaming one or both parents
  • Being very good or misbehaving in the hope that this will bring parents back together
  • Rejecting one or both parents
  • Being upset or crying
  • Behaving differently or having problems at school.

The way a child responds can depend on how old they are.

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