Explaining divorce to children
- November 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm #23083
I am the divorced mom of a preschooler. My ex-husband and I separated a little over a year ago. I’m lucky that our divorce was fairly amicable and we have had very few problems co-parenting since splitting. Lately, however, my daughter has been asking a lot of questions about the divorce and "why mommy and daddy do not live together." I think a year of maturity has made a big difference in her comprehending the concept – as a toddler, she didn’t seem to understand what was happening. But, now, it’s obvious she has a lot of questions.
Does anyone have guidance for the best way to talk to my daughter about this subject without giving her too much/little to handle? It’s definitely a difficult concept to discuss with a preschooler and it would be great to hear from others who may have experienced these types of questions from young ones.November 2, 2011 at 6:36 am #23085
Although I have never gone through a divorce , I did remember reading this article from Bright Horizons’ eFamily news. It may help: http://www.brighthorizons.com/efamily-news/articles/june-01-2011-parenting-through-divorce
Best of luck 😉November 4, 2011 at 11:36 am #23086
Colleen – the e-family article that afraser217? suggested is really a great resource. I also wanted to make sure to direct you to the additional information at the bottom of the article. This area includes some additional websites and books that may be helpful as you are thinking about how to have discussions like this with your daughter. Best of luck.November 14, 2011 at 9:46 am #23087
Hi Colleen2878. I haven’t personally experienced this, but I know close family members and friends who have. One support outlet that was very helpful for my sister was a local divorced parents group that she joined. I think they met bi-weekly, and it was a place to talk openly about any issues these parents were going through related to divorce. I know for my sister it was a great place to get advice from other people who were experiencing many of the same things she was. I believe many communities have groups like these.
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