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How should you tell your kids about your divorce?

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Divorce |

When you and your spouse decide to get divorced, you may have many concerns. One of these is likely how your children will react to the news of the divorce and the impending legal process.

Telling your children about your divorce can be a difficult and emotional conversation. Approaching it with care and sensitivity can help ease the transition for them.

Choose the right time and place

Select a quiet and private setting to have the conversation with your children. Avoid discussing the divorce during times of stress or conflict, such as before school or bedtime. Allow plenty of time for the conversation and prepare to answer any questions they may have.

Be honest and age-appropriate

Be honest with your children about the divorce, but also consider their age and level of understanding. Use simple language and concepts that they can grasp, 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 them 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.

Provide reassurance and stability

Provide reassurance to your children that despite the changes ahead, they will still have a stable and loving environment. Emphasize that both parents will continue to be involved in their lives and that routines and schedules will remain as consistent as possible.

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.