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.
Learning To Become Independent From A Young Age
Having To Have A 'Mom's House' And A 'Dad's House'
Preferring To Spend Time With One Parent Over The Other
Discovering You Are Extra Cautious In Your Own Relationships Because Of Your Parents
Meeting Your Parent's New S.O. Is Always Uncomfortable
Bad Habits Or Behavior Getting Blamed On The Other Parent
Learning Which Parent Is More Lenient And Will Let You Get Away With More
Having Two Distinct Families
Realizing All Those Happy Family Memories Were Perhaps Not So Happy
Seeing Through Your Parents Trying To Manipulate You Against The Other
Getting To Unwrap Two Sets Of Presents On Christmas And At Birthdays
Having To Live By Two Separate Sets Of Rules In Two Different Houses
Discovering Stepparents Can Actually Be Really Lovely People
Always Playing The Peacemaker Between Parents
Losing Your Things Because They Are Spread Out Between Houses
Holidays Becoming Custody Battles With Parents Fighting Over You
Listening To Your Parents' Dating Advice And Trying Hard Not To Roll Your Eyes
Watching A Parent Go Through Their 'I'm Free' Stage
Being Given Presents That You Suspect Are Just Bribes
Becoming Friends With Any Other Kids Whose Parents Got Divorced
Having Other Adults Fuss Over You Or Feeling Sorry For You
Going To Awkward Parent-Teacher Conferences
Hosting A Sleepover Or Party That Always Got Weird