How do you tell your children (ages 10 and 9) that you and your spouse are separating??

Kris - posted on 04/25/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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There seems to be lots of articles out there written about divorce but not about separation....

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AMBER - posted on 12/18/2010

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I told my 11yr old daughter that were are staying at Gran and Pops house for a little bit. She knows whats going on, i try not to let her see me cry, but she has got to know that it is not ok to be a doormat and that is why i left. Its been a week Tuesday and she hasnt asked to see him at all, i told her it is a good idea to stay the night with him tomorrow night because he is leaving soon and we dont know when she will see him again.

Susan - posted on 06/29/2010

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I like the book, The Truth About Children and Divorce: How to Manage the Emotions so you and your children can thrive. It has some suggestions and sample scripts that I used/modified when their dad and I separated. Good luck.

Kris - posted on 04/28/2010

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Terri, my 2 boys have seen me cry so much that they wouldn't know the difference....which is why I'm leaving. Unfortunately, it's taking longer than I would like but I'm hoping to make the transition as easy as possible for them.

Terri - posted on 04/27/2010

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I didn't have to tell my kids (ages 10 & 8). My daughter knew as soon as she came home from school and saw me crying. That was heartbreaking.

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