Before and After Divorce

 

One young artist shares a “before” drawing on top, and a pic of her family “after” in the bottom picture.  This child presents her family as happy and fun.  Everyone is smiling.  Artist is holding her arm wide open indicating confidence and high self-esteem.  In the after pic, no one is smiling.  Each parent is turned away from the child.  Notice how her arms are held tightly to her body.  Restricted movement.  Is this how she feel emotionally?  Is either parent acknowledging the changes occurring in their family?

Family ‘BEFORE’

Family ‘AFTER’

 

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#551, Before and After Divorce
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See and Hear Dad

 

Is this little girl watching a home video? Is this dad a public figure?  Seemingly, if this daughter was seeing her father on a regular basis she may comment “look, there is daddy”.  A child having a relationship with both parents is important for their emotional, physical and spiritual growth. Supporting shared parenting is best for the child.

# 549  ,  See and Hear Dad

Stubborn Family

 

Excellent portrayal of separation. This talented artist presents a family with a ‘split’ in the middle between the siblings. Each parent seems to support the title as ‘stubborn’ and not open to communicating with their co-parent. Artist states: “This was one broken family, divorced, split parents and two split siblings…not the best formula for a happy family. Overall the family didn’t even really know each other that well…”

#540, Stubborn Family by Chickie456 with Deviant Art. https://www.deviantart.com/chickie456/art/Stubborn-Family-668632747

Positive Attitude

 

This young artist keeps a positive attitude about parental divorce. Sweetly, this child offers comfort to mom and dad and conveys a message of acceptance with  the divorce.  Thankfully, this young one does not feel responsible for the changes that have taken place. And, offers good luck to both parents. Hopefully, this child will maintain positive through the years.

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#71, Positive Outlook

Drawings from KID’S FIRST PROGRAM

“Positive Outlook”, appeared in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin Hawaii News, August 26, 2001,  by Debra Barayuga

dbarayuga@starbulletin.comarchives.starbulletin.com/2001/08/26/news/story2.html

http://archives.starbulletin.com/2001/08/26/news/story2.html

 

Time to be Brave

 

A talented artist uses creativity to convey her thoughts about a possible parental divorce. The eyes and sad face indicate concern about what will happen next. While the other part is happy.  Fortunately, for this adolescent, the divorce did not take place. This artist states “t’s time to be brave. Time to be smart and brave and hardworking for a fair outcome. I couldn’t turn 18 soon enough…”.  Divorce is between the parents and should be about the child!

 

#539, Time to be Brave

Deviant Art; Daily Draw 16 Divorce by Whitehershey, https://www.deviantart.com/whitehershey/art/Daily-Draw-16-Divorce-736922371

 

Give This Note to Your Dad

A bright character is the primary object on this artwork. Sun rays in the upper corner and the message below completes this drawing.  Note has the letter “W” on the outside.  Is this significant to the name of the child or parent? Putting the child in the middle of communications between the parents is unfair.  I hope these parents realize how these actions impact their child. Divorce is between the parents-about the child. LOVE WINS!

#535, Give This Note to Your Dad

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I Feel Mad…

 

A young child creates a visual for  expressing his thoughts. Child states: “I feel mad because my parents are divorced.” The artwork shows a sad faced green monster face. Hopefully, someone is reaching out to this child who is seemingly expressing emotional distress. Perhaps the parents will see the art and help him.

#533, I Feel Mad…