Being straight with the kids is very important when you are in the process of a divorce or separation. In a brief article from Mental Health CEs, there are five considerations for parents.
#1 Tell Them What’s Happening
#2 Reassure Them with Certainty
#3 Lift Blame
#4 Influence Their Development
#5 Avoiding Bad Mouthing
Most children feel a loss of control during marital discord. Have a family meeting to allow each member to ask questions and share their feelings about what is going on. Provide abundant reassurance that the divorce is NOT about them. Keep the marital problems between the adults and don’t use the children to vent frustrations.