Supporting Students through Family Transitions

How can we best support students going through a family breakup?

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A few years ago my husband and I got a divorce.  While it was really hard for me, is was equally as hard for my children.  Even though they were mature enough to know that we would all be in a better place, the change is frightening.  They have to navigate a new set of norms in different households.  I know this is a touchy subject because it is deeply personal and parents might not want anyone interfering or anyone to know this is happening because they are ashamed, and feel they have failed.  My concern is for the kids, this could be a make or break time in a child's life.  They are with us 190 days a year, can we find a way for students to support students with empathy going through these difficult times? 

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Do we provide students whose families are breaking up enough support?

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Janine:
I too was a single mother and thinking about my children's teachers and how they could have helped them makes me just sad. I don't think they did. And perhaps it was the community we lived in, but still, aren't we all on the side of the children? Thanks for your contribution. Can't wait to see where this insight takes you in the next phase of the cycle!
Lisa