I recently read a good article from a psychologist (Clinical Psychologist Patricia Martin) for tips on helping children cope with divorce. Something I thought was particularly useful for our clients going through contested divorce is what Dr. Martin recommends on how to discuss the issue with children:
How honest should parents be about why they are getting divorce?
When sitting down with your child/children it is important to be honest, yet spare them details that are not of an appropriate developmental level. Also give time during the conversation for children to digest what is said.
A sample conversation may go something like this:
“We wanted to sit down with you and talk about something important. As you may have noticed over the past year, Mom and Dad have not been getting along very well. We have gone to counseling to see if we could learn to live more happily together, but after many sessions we have both decided that it is best for us to separate and divorce.
The article is a quick but worthwhile read for any parent dealing with divorce. You can read the full article by clicking HERE or cutting and pasting the following link into your browser: https://www.masslive.com/living/index.ssf/2018/09/psychologist_offers_tips_on_helping_children_cope_with_divorce.html
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