Consequences for children
Children are sensitive to the atmosphere at home. A tense home situation following a distressing event does affect the children. Their reactions will vary according to their age. Small children, for instance, become unruly, weepy or start bed-wetting again. Bigger children develop behavioural problems or problems at school. Girls more often react by withdrawing into themselves and by excessive adaptation; boys sooner become restless or unmanageable. Small children sometimes show separation anxiety. Big children often get into conflicts with authority.
Children too are resilient
These problems may just be of a temporary nature. They don’t always require seeking help. It is also true of children that they are very resilient. As soon as they notice that there is a new balance in the family and the atmosphere is more relaxed, they will pick up the threads of their daily life again.