Movies may help older children cope with divorce

The age of a child may affect how they are able to cope with the divorce of their parents. The situation is hard to explain to younger kids, but there are ways to show them and their older siblings through movies and books if a personal explanation doesn’t work.

The Huffington Post reported that there are several authors like Darryl Roberts, who include the issue of divorce in their books made for children due to the fact that it can help these youngsters deal with their own issues.

Dr. Nadia Torres-Eaton told the Orange County Register that movies that many people have seen can be explained to children against a backdrop of a divorce. She noted that “ET: The Extraterrestrial” can be identified as a story about a boy and his family having trouble adjusting to an absentee parent.

Torres-Eaton also pointed to a comedy like “Mrs. Doubtfire” as a movie that takes a lighter look at the process of parents splitting. This film also works because children can see how people can change and it humanizes both of the individuals who are having relationship problems.