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23 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand

List RulesChildren 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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    Having To Have A 'Mom's House' And A 'Dad's House'

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    Preferring To Spend Time With One Parent Over The Other

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    Bad Habits Or Behavior Getting Blamed On The Other Parent

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    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 Always Uncomfortable

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

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    Having Two Distinct Families

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    Realizing All Those Happy Family Memories Were Perhaps Not So Happy

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    Seeing Through Your Parents Trying To Manipulate You Against The Other

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

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

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    Discovering Stepparents Can Actually Be Really Lovely People

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    Losing Your Things Because They Are Spread Out Between Houses

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    Always Playing The Peacemaker Between Parents

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

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

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    Being Given Presents That You Suspect Are Just Bribes

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    Holidays Becoming Custody Battles With Parents Fighting Over You

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    Becoming Friends With Any Other Kids Whose Parents Got Divorced

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    Having Other Adults Fuss Over You Or Feeling Sorry For You

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    Going To Awkward Parent-Teacher Conferences

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    Hosting A Sleepover Or Party That Always Got Weird