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How to talk to your kids about divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2023 | Divorce

Divorces can be particularly stressful for children. It can be traumatic for them to witness their parents’ marriage dissolve. They can feel a variety of emotions, such as shock and anger. Some might even feel guilty about it. Since divorce is such a significant time of transition, children will likely also feel grief. However, taking the proper steps can minimize your child’s pain.

Being patient and listening to your child is an excellent place to start. That can help them remember that they can rely on you. Keeping your relationship with your ex peaceful is also a great way to help your kids experience less stress. However, the most crucial step you can take is to tell your kids about your divorce correctly.

Understand what they need

Children need a variety of things from you during this time, including:

  • Frequent contact from both parents
  • A peaceful environment
  • A schedule that allows time for both parents
  • Parents speaking directly to each other
  • Kindness toward the other parent

Your child needs both parents in their life and a kind environment that allows them to grow and learn in peace.

Tell them about your divorce

A lot of parents are afraid to tell their children about their divorce. That said, this is a necessary conversation, and it helps to sit down ahead of time and write out what you will say. Then, anticipate tough questions and think carefully about what you will say to give them the best experience.

After talking with your children, pay attention to any red flags that they are not responding well. If you notice any of these, be sure to tell your child’s teachers and doctor and consider taking them to a child therapist to help them cope.

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