Divorce can be emotionally devastating for parents and children alike. Here are some tips from family counselors on telling your kids about your divorce:
- Talk to the children together
- Give your children time to react and time to be mad and sad, and to ask questions
- Try to anticipate your children’s questions and reactions, and be prepared to respond
- Encourage your children to talk about their feelings
The reasons behind your divorce are likely not relevant to your children and generally should not be shared, the experts say. What children need is: to feel loved; to realize the divorce is not their fault; a sense of security; routine and structure; and not to be put in the middle.
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