Even if you and your spouse have been experiencing marital problems on an ongoing basis over a period of years, making the decision to get a divorce can come as a shock to other family members. It can be particularly hard on children, who often have often idealistic ideas about their parents and their marriage. How you tell them this important news plays an important role in how well they eventually adjust to it.
The effects of divorce vary in children based on their emotional growth and development. Exactly what and how you tell your children about your divorce will depend on these factors as well as their ages. Today’s Parent advises that understanding some of the primary motivations and concerns children have at each stage of development can help you better address any unspoken fears or issues they are likely to face:
Breaking the news to children about a divorce is never easy. However, there are some simple steps you can take to help minimize the emotional fallout they are likely to experience. Psychology Today recommends the following:
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