Living 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand  

Nathan Gibson
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List Rules Children of divorced families, vote up the experiences you relate to the most.

Children of divorce don't have an easy life. Growing up with parents who have separated adds plenty of extra stress and problems that young kids are often not equipped to deal with - whether it is a bad way of finding out their parents are getting divorced or being caught in the middle of fights. Yet, most kids who go through divorce are able to overcome the issues without too much effort, even if they struggle at the beginning.

This alternative family arrangement can have some benefits, and there are unique things about children of divorce. Having to grow up with two separate parents in different houses gives children a refreshing outlook on the world.

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Learning To Become Independent... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Learning To Become Independent From A Young Age
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Having To Have A 'Mom's House'... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Having To Have A 'Mom's House' And A 'Dad's House'
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Preferring To Spend Time With ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Preferring To Spend Time With One Parent Over The Other
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Discovering You Are Extra Caut... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Discovering You Are Extra Cautious In Your Own Relationships Because Of Your Parents
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Meeting Your Parent's New S.O.... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Meeting Your Parent's New S.O. Is Always Uncomfortable
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Bad Habits Or Behavior Getting... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Bad Habits Or Behavior Getting Blamed On The Other Parent
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Learning Which Parent Is More ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Learning Which Parent Is More Lenient And Will Let You Get Away With More
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Realizing All Those Happy Fami... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Realizing All Those Happy Family Memories Were Perhaps Not So Happy
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Having Two Distinct Families is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Having Two Distinct Families
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Seeing Through Your Parents Tr... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Seeing Through Your Parents Trying To Manipulate You Against The Other
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Getting To Unwrap Two Sets Of ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Getting To Unwrap Two Sets Of Presents On Christmas And At Birthdays
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Having To Live By Two Separate... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Having To Live By Two Separate Sets Of Rules In Two Different Houses
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Discovering Stepparents Can Ac... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Discovering Stepparents Can Actually Be Really Lovely People
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Always Playing The Peacemaker ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Always Playing The Peacemaker Between Parents
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Listening To Your Parents' Dat... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Listening To Your Parents' Dating Advice And Trying Hard Not To Roll Your Eyes
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Holidays Becoming Custody Batt... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Holidays Becoming Custody Battles With Parents Fighting Over You
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Losing Your Things Because The... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Losing Your Things Because They Are Spread Out Between Houses
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Being Given Presents That You ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Being Given Presents That You Suspect Are Just Bribes
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Watching A Parent Go Through T... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Watching A Parent Go Through Their 'I'm Free' Stage
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Becoming Friends With Any Othe... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Becoming Friends With Any Other Kids Whose Parents Got Divorced
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Having Other Adults Fuss Over ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Having Other Adults Fuss Over You Or Feeling Sorry For You
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Going To Awkward Parent-Teache... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Going To Awkward Parent-Teacher Conferences
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Hosting A Sleepover Or Party T... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand
Hosting A Sleepover Or Party That Always Got Weird