A divorce can be devastating for everyone involved, especially the children. Parents must endure the complex and contested legal process, as well as raise their children and comfort them.
While this may be an arduous challenge, think of it as an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with your kids. You possess the power to control how your children learn from the divorce and help them begin a new chapter in life.
The following are tips regarding how to talk to your children about divorce:
- Break the news to your children together. Because both parents will still work together after the divorce is finalized, together you must tell the children about the imminent divorce. While it helps to have the kids hearing it from both sides, it also indicates how you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse can be cooperative in the future.
- Be honest. If you have children who are in or nearing their teenage years, you must tell them the truth about why the marriage is ending. However, do not provide too many details or pit once spouse against the other. In addition, let them know that if they have any questions, they are more than welcome to ask.
- Allow your children to express themselves. From crying to yelling, be prepared for various emotional responses from your kids. Tell your children that you understand that it hurts a lot and inform them that it is not their fault mom and dad are separating.
- Discuss how the divorce will affect them. Let them know if the divorce is going to change how often they will see both parents, where they will live, where they will go to school, etc.
- Tell your children that both parents love them very much. No matter how old your children are, the most important thing to remember is their need for love and security.
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