Telling kids that their parents are getting a divorce

Telling kids that their parents are getting a divorce

| Aug 17, 2020 | Divorce |

Once Kentucky parents make the decision to end their marriage, they have one vitally important task to undertake — telling their children. As difficult as it was to discuss getting a divorce with each other, it is often harder to discuss it with the kids. Below are some general tips regarding getting through this challenge.

No matter how problematic it may be, it would be better to have the discussion together — and as soon as possible. Right now, the children need to know that they did nothing wrong and that their parents are still united when it comes to them. They need to know that both parents will continue to love them regardless of the divorce and will always be there for them. As hard as it may be, the emotions need to remain on helping the children through this.

Even young children may have questions depending on their age level. Answer their questions as honestly as possible, but spare them the details. The children do not need to know the particulars of the marital issues that led to the divorce. Being patient and calm will help make the discussion go more smoothly for everyone. This is not an easy conversation for the parents to have, it is not hard to imagine how difficult it is for them.

Divorce is never easy, but it can go more smoothly for everyone, especially the children, when the parties decide to remain united as parents. This may present a challenge at times, but it will help the whole family through the upcoming transitions. The other thing Kentucky parents can do for their children is get through the divorce process as amicably as possible.