How can you tell your child about divorce?

| Sep 17, 2020 | Firm News |

Tennessee parents like you prioritize your child above all else. Even in divorce, you wish for what is best for your child. Unfortunately, divorce itself is at odds with your child’s mental and emotional well-being.

But is there any way you can limit the damage done by news of divorce? Is there one way to break this news that is better than the others?

Which way is the “best way” to break the news?

Psychology Today discusses how you can break the news of your divorce to your child in the least damaging way. First, they point out that there is no one good way to break the news. Rather, you should decide how you want to broach the topic based on your child.

Ask yourself a few questions first. How old is your child? What is their temperament like? What about their personality? Are they mature or immature for their age? How well can they digest complex information? Do they prefer to have you reassure them, or do they prefer to get the facts and decide for themselves?

Make a plan as you go

You can always combine the tips and information you get from other sources with your own ideas. Also, they suggest doing a rehearsal of your conversation before you start. Obviously you cannot predict exactly how your child will react or what they will say. But you and your co-parent can decide together what you want to share and what you want to keep to yourselves.

The final bit of advice is to work together with your co-parent as opposed to working against them. This may be tough at first, but it will benefit your child in the end.

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