Ever wonder what the experience is like for a child of divorce when she is handed off from one parent to another? Rachelle Bergstein wants to tell you.
My parents broke up when I was 5 years old, which means memories of life before shared custody are available to me, but limited. They set the terms of their divorce under the guidance of their lawyers, and I – as many young kids do — adapted and accepted the new parameters of my childhood.
But as I tipped into my teenage years, switching back and forth became more difficult. There were, of course, small aggravations, like when I accidentally left something
I wanted at the other house. Yet that didn’t account for the new anxiety I felt at those twice-weekly hand-offs.
This is great essay from The New York Times. If you are a divorcing or divorced parent you need to read this for yourself and your child.