One million couples divorce each year in the United States. Of those, about 60 percent have children.

Divorce, and the restructuring of the family that follows, can be painful, agonizing and present long-term challenges for children well into their adult lives.

How parents talk with and support their children, especially the young ones, during this time is critical to their growth, development and ability to have trusting, healthy relationships now and in the future.

Sheryl Jackson, an instructor for Consider the Children, takes part in a four-hour class offered to divorcing or separated parents in Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Pierce counties by Olympia-based nonprofit Family Education and Support Services.

In most cases, a class like Consider the Children is required for divorcing parents in Washington state. She discusses what the class offers, what divorcing couples with young children especially need to know and how to find a class near you.

For more information:

Consider the Children program - Family Education and Support Services

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