Emotional effects of dating separated parents
Parental conflict can hinder children’s adjustment and good co-parenting skills are very important to a child's adjustment.
Decisions that favor either the father or the mother are considered; sometimes a compromise is reached between their competing interests.
Behaviors fundamental to personal and interpersonal well-being are involved.
Examples of these are: 1) the ability to create deep and enduring love relationships; 2) the strength to tolerate the imperfect satisfaction of personal needs; 3) the attitudes and desire to cooperate with others; and 4) the motivation to learn and work.
When parents provide these elements to the young child, they create a foundation for an emotionally healthy life.
In addition they build into the child's personality a resilience that, in future years, will enable the individual successfully to cope with life's problems and challenges.