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How should you tell your children about your divorce?

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Divorce

When you decide to end your marriage, you may have several concerns about what lies ahead. One of these concerns is likely how your children will handle this change in their lives.

Telling your children about your divorce is a challenging and sensitive task that requires careful consideration and communication. There are several steps that can help you navigate this difficult conversation with your children.

Choose the right place and time

Find a comfortable and peaceful 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

Plan the conversation together with your spouse 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’s 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.