Divorcing parents wonder why daughter is laughing


Dear Amy: Many of your readers seem to have issues similar to my own, and it’s great to know I’m not alone.

I’m having a unique problem.

My husband and I just announced to our 13-year-old daughter that we are getting divorced.

We expected anger or sadness. Instead, she laughed. After laughing, she went into her room to FaceTime her friends, and we overheard her still laughing.

She refuses to speak to us.

I’m not sure if this is just her expression of discontent, or perhaps something deeper.

Have you ever seen a case like this?

— Concerned in Suburban Chicagoland

Dear Concerned: I’ve never seen a case like this (I’m not a caseworker), but I’ve been a case like this.

And by “case,” I mean: an adolescent basket case coping with divorce.

Adolescents have overlapping emotions that spill out in often unexpected ways. They lack the maturity to sort through their reactions in advance, and so, when faced with really big feelings, sometimes, they — laugh.


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