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How should you tell your kids about your upcoming divorce?

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Divorce

You may have many concerns as you head into the divorce process. But one of the main worries you may have as a parent is how your children will cope with this change in their lives.

Telling your children about your divorce can be a difficult decision. However, approaching the discussion with sensitivity and honesty can help ease the transition and support your children through this challenging time.

Choose the right time and place

Pick a time and place that is calm and private, where you can have an open and honest conversation without distractions. Avoid breaking the news during times of stress or when your children are busy with other activities. Choose a time when everyone is relatively calm and can focus on the conversation.

Be honest about what is to come

Be honest with your children about the divorce, but also consider their age and level of understanding. Use age-appropriate language and concepts to explain the situation in a way that they can comprehend. Reassure them that the divorce is not their fault and that both parents still love them unconditionally.

Talk with your spouse

If possible, present a united front with your ex-partner when telling your children about the divorce. This can help reassure them that you are both committed to supporting them through the transition and that you will continue to co-parent effectively despite the changes in your relationship.

Listen to their feelings

Allow your children to express their feelings and concerns about the divorce without judgment. Listen attentively to what they have to say and validate their emotions. Encourage open communication and reassure them that it is okay to feel sad, angry or confused about the situation.

Provide reassurance and stability

Reassure your children that they will continue to be loved and cared for by both parents, even though the family dynamic is changing. Emphasize that routines and daily activities will remain consistent as much as possible to provide stability and a sense of normalcy during this time of transition.

Let your children know that you are there to support them and help them navigate their feelings about the divorce. Offer resources such as counseling or support groups if they need additional help processing their emotions.