People have an inherent desire to protect children. We place this importance even above our own welfare. You will find that most parents will tell you they would “do anything” to keep their children safe. It is all they care about.
Have you ever stopped to think about why we, as people, look at children this way? What is it that makes us prioritize their well-being?
Much of it is just instinct. Parents have protective instincts that work well to keep their children healthy and happy. This has been seen by researchers in both humans and animals. This protective instinct may function, to some degree, within all of society. Even those who are not related to children often feel more of a compulsion to protect them or more outrage when they do not get the protection they deserve.
To understand that, you really need to consider vulnerability and innocence. It’s the same reason that we often feel bad for animals who are in an unfair and dangerous position, such as neglected pets. We understand, even without thinking about it, that they did nothing to deserve it and that they are only in that position because of their vulnerability.
When families go through a divorce, it can be hard for the children. It may also mean that they’re coming out of a tough situation that led to the divorce in the first place. These are children who need and deserve protection. It’s important during a time like this to put the children’s best interests first, and that goal should be emphasized throughout the proceedings. As a parent, make sure you know how.