When it comes to providing for your child, sometimes less is more

It's only natural to want your child's love and affection. And if you are in the process of divorcing, you may wonder how it will affect your relationship with your child. It is very easy to worry that your child may hold resentments against you. Fair or not, sometimes a child will hold one parent particularly responsible for the split.

And regardless of your child's specific feelings toward you, he or she will almost certainly be upset by all the changes transpiring within the family. Some children even suffer from bouts of depression or have other emotional issues in the aftermath of their parents' divorce.

So perhaps you are tempted to help your child feel better by overindulging his or her material desires. At first blush, it seems like giving a child everything he or she wants would be a one-way ticket to happiness. But actually, the opposite is true.

You see relenting to your child's every wish will likely lead him or her to develop a very unhealthy view of life. The child may begin to feel so entitled that he or she will simply not have the emotional tools to get along in the real world.

Often, an overindulged child places too much emphasis on the status of owning expensive possessions and not enough emphasis on emotionally satisfying personal relationships. And research has demonstrated that overindulge children are prone to grow into dissatisfied adults who have trouble dealing with reality.

A much healthier way to help your child be happy is to spend lots of time together bonding through conversations, shared hobbies and other positive activities. This can be accomplished by creating a parenting plan that includes plenty of visitation time. And an experienced family law attorney can work on your behalf to help ensure that you will be able to establish and sustain a positive relationship with your child.

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