The Broken Bough
Divorce has become the broken bough in the lives of today’s children. Divorce brings children crashing down into a changed world beyond fixing. Children fear abandonment more than injury or death. A certain level of mental, emotional, and spiritual maturity must exist in a child or adolescent to enable a grasp of such concepts as death and serious injury, but every child knows what it feels like to be lost. Every child has had the experience of feeling separated from a parent, even if only for a moment, and every child understands the sense of being lost. Children fear monsters less than losing a mother or father and death less than separation from parents. To a child, having parents divorce compares to the feeling of being lost.