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Steven Spielberg's insight on how divorce can affect the kids

Children and parents who have gone through a divorce know how challenging and painful it can be. One Hollywood director discussed in a recent interview how his parents' divorce impacted him and his relationship with his father. Steven Spielberg, director of many blockbuster films, watched his parents divorce when he was 19 years old.

He explained that at the time he blamed his father for the divorce. Though his mother was actually the one who had an affair, his father allowed him to believe he was to blame. Spielberg's father stated that he did not reveal the truth to his son because he loved his former wife and "was just protecting her."

Spielberg later learned the truth about his parents' divorce, but learning this did not change his views regarding his father. However, he later mended his relationship with his father. Spielberg's story may resonate with many others who have watched their parents go through a divorce.

Especially for younger children, divorce may be confusing. A young child's understanding may be limited to changes he or she can see. For instance, where two parents previously lived, now there is only one. While a child used to see both parents every day, now he or she may only sees one parent on weekends. These types of changes can be hard for a young child to understand.

Spielberg was a teenager when his parents divorced and he even had a misconception about what led to the divorce. Younger children may even blame themselves for their parents' divorce. While a young child does not need to know details of the divorce, talking to one's children during a divorce is important and may eliminate misunderstandings that could influence the child's view of each parent.

Source: Huffington Post, "Steven Spielberg on '60 Minutes': Director reveals how childhood traumas resulted in inspiration," Christopher Rosen, Oct. 22, 2012

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