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3 tips for telling your children about your divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Divorce

Divorce is challenging for the entire family, and explaining it to children can be particularly difficult. It’s essential to approach these conversations with sensitivity and care to ensure your children feel supported during this challenging transition.

Before talking to your children about divorce, planning the conversation is crucial. Think about the key points you want to cover, the questions your children may ask and how best to answer them. Discussing these details with your spouse may be helpful to ensure you provide consistent and supportive messages.

1. Have a united front

Ideally, both parents should tell the children about the divorce together. This shows a united front and can reassure children that both parents will remain there for them. During this conversation, it’s important to emphasize that divorce is a decision made between adults and that the children are in no way responsible.

2. Use age-appropriate language

Ensure you use age-appropriate language to explain the situation. Younger children may not understand complex terms or concepts, so keep the conversation simple. For older children and teenagers, provide more detail, but remain sensitive to their feelings and reactions.

3. Encourage your children to express their feelings

Allow your children to express their feelings about the divorce. They naturally feel a range of emotions – sadness, anger, confusion, or even relief. Encourage them to share these feelings and reassure them that feeling this way is okay. If needed, consider seeking the help of a professional counselor to guide your children through their emotions during this difficult time.

You should devise a parenting plan together with your co-parent as soon as possible. This provides stability for your children by setting the expectations and responsibilities for raising them.