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Tips for telling children about divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Divorce

When you and your spouse decide to get divorced, you may have many concerns about the future. One of these concerns is likely how your children will react to the new of your divorce.

Informing your children about your divorce is a delicate and sensitive matter that requires careful consideration and communication. There are several steps you can take to help you navigate this challenging conversation with your children:

Choose the right time and place

Find a quiet and comfortable setting where you can have an open and uninterrupted conversation. Avoid discussing the divorce during times of stress or conflict and allow ample time for your children to ask questions and express their feelings.

Be honest and age-appropriate

When discussing the divorce with your children, be honest and provide age-appropriate information. Use simple language and concepts that they can understand and avoid sharing unnecessary details or placing blame on either parent.

Present a united front

Present a united front with your co-parent when telling your children about the divorce. Plan the conversation together and agree on what information to share. Avoid contradicting each other or arguing in front of the children, as this can create additional anxiety and confusion.

Listen to their feelings

Encourage your children to express their feelings and concerns about the divorce. Listen attentively and validate their emotions, even if they are difficult to hear. Reassure your children that it is okay to feel sad, angry or confused, and let them know that you are there to support them through this difficult time.

Follow up with your children after the initial conversation to see how they are coping with the news. Check in regularly and continue to provide love, support and reassurance as they adjust to the changes brought about by the divorce.


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