23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand

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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 From A Young Age
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    Learning To Become Independent From A Young Age

  • Having To Have A 'Mom's House' And A 'Dad's House'
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    Having To Have A 'Mom's House' And A 'Dad's House'

  • Preferring To Spend Time With One Parent Over The Other
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    Preferring To Spend Time With One Parent Over The Other

  • Bad Habits Or Behavior Getting Blamed On The Other Parent
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    Bad Habits Or Behavior Getting Blamed On The Other Parent

  • Meeting Your Parent's New S.O. Is Always Uncomfortable
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    Meeting Your Parent's New S.O. Is Always Uncomfortable

  • Discovering You Are Extra Cautious In Your Own Relationships Because Of Your Parents
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    Discovering You Are Extra Cautious In Your Own Relationships Because Of Your Parents

  • Learning Which Parent Is More Lenient And Will Let You Get Away With More
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    Learning Which Parent Is More Lenient And Will Let You Get Away With More

  • Having Two Distinct Families
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    Having Two Distinct Families

  • Realizing All Those Happy Family Memories Were Perhaps Not So Happy
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    Realizing All Those Happy Family Memories Were Perhaps Not So Happy

  • Getting To Unwrap Two Sets Of Presents On Christmas And At Birthdays
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    Getting To Unwrap Two Sets Of Presents On Christmas And At Birthdays

  • Seeing Through Your Parents Trying To Manipulate You Against The Other
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    Seeing Through Your Parents Trying To Manipulate You Against The Other

  • Having To Live By Two Separate Sets Of Rules In Two Different Houses
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    Having To Live By Two Separate Sets Of Rules In Two Different Houses

  • Discovering Stepparents Can Actually Be Really Lovely People
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    Discovering Stepparents Can Actually Be Really Lovely People

  • Losing Your Things Because They Are Spread Out Between Houses
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    Losing Your Things Because They Are Spread Out Between Houses

  • Always Playing The Peacemaker Between Parents
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    Always Playing The Peacemaker Between Parents

  • Listening To Your Parents' Dating Advice And Trying Hard Not To Roll Your Eyes
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    Listening To Your Parents' Dating Advice And Trying Hard Not To Roll Your Eyes

  • Watching A Parent Go Through Their 'I'm Free' Stage
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    Watching A Parent Go Through Their 'I'm Free' Stage

  • Being Given Presents That You Suspect Are Just Bribes
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    Being Given Presents That You Suspect Are Just Bribes

  • Becoming Friends With Any Other Kids Whose Parents Got Divorced
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    Becoming Friends With Any Other Kids Whose Parents Got Divorced

  • Holidays Becoming Custody Battles With Parents Fighting Over You
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    Holidays Becoming Custody Battles With Parents Fighting Over You

  • Having Other Adults Fuss Over You Or Feeling Sorry For You
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    Having Other Adults Fuss Over You Or Feeling Sorry For You

  • Going To Awkward Parent-Teacher Conferences
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    Going To Awkward Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Hosting A Sleepover Or Party That Always Got Weird
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    Hosting A Sleepover Or Party That Always Got Weird