Negative Consequences of Divorce on Children

Negative Consequences of Divorce on Children

Moorhead, Joanna. "It's Wrong to Use Children as a Weapon in Divorce or Separation." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 21 June 2014. Web.

This article is from the Guardian magazine titled “It's wrong to use children as a weapon in divorce or separation” written by Joanna Moorhead. It is meant for those who are contemplating divorce warning them against using the children as a weapon. She is talking about Penelope Leach a British parenting Guru. Leach argues that even babies can be harmed by divorce especially if they are taken away from their primary caregiver and shuttled around. She argues that divorce will always be harmful to children, and there is no way of preventing it. The effects range from sad and disruptive to tragic

Leach has written a book titled “Your Baby and Child.” She devotes the book to the topic that people are failing to manage divorce just like they manage other areas. In simpler terms she argues that people can divorce better. The number of people divorcing is increasing, but the problem is not being handled. Children are victims in marital wars, but they are used as weapons. Statistically, the Office of National Statistics predicts that more than half of the children will be born outside marriage by the year 2016. She argues that the effects of divorce on children today are hard to quantify since figures only underestimate the problem. Leach also has a personal experience with divorce. Her parents split up when she was ten years old, and she found it hard for her. She has the view that proper divorcing is mutual parenting. Parents must be ready to engage in mutual parenting even though they no longer love each other since the children need both the parents. The needs of the child must be considered first and not the needs of the parents. She argues that 92 percent of single parent families are women meaning that in most cases, it is the men who disappear yet according to research, men are important in the lives of their children.

I choose this resource because divorce rates are increasing lately and the children are being used as a weapon by both the parents. It elaborates about the effects of divorce when mutual parenting does not happen. Children are always affected negatively.

Weaver, Jennifer M., and Thomas J. Schofield. "Mediation and moderation of divorce effects on children

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