Age -ap­pro­pri­ate con­ver­sa­tion

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR LIFE -

CHIL­DREN MAY HAVE ANX­I­ETIES THAT THEY FIND HARD TO AR­TIC­U­LATE. THEY MIGHT BE­COME AN­GRY, RE­SENT­FUL, WITH­DRAWN OR OVERDE­PEN­DENT, ON YOU OR YOUR NEW PART­NER

Your child’s age may be an in­di­ca­tor of the wob­bles you may en­counter, says par­ent­ing ex­pert Anna Gian­none:

CHIL­DREN UN­DER 10 are more likely to per­ceive your new part­ner as a com­peti­tor for your at­ten­tion. Man­age the sit­u­a­tion by en­sur­ing your child’s emo­tional needs are be­ing met.

FOR 10- TO 14-YEAR-OLDS, also deal­ing with the emo­tions of ado­les­cence, the re­ac­tion may be more emo­tional. En­cour­age them to ex­press their feel­ings, but main­tain clear bound­aries of ac­cept­able be­hav­iour. Be pa­tient.

AT 16 YEARS AND OLDER, a young adult may with­draw into their own lives. They may be less com­mu­nica­tive, but they still need to feel loved. Give them space to work out their own re­ac­tion; don’t put pres­sure on them to ac­cept the new re­la­tion­ship im­me­di­ately.

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