Sarah - posted on 09/18/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
My daughter is 3. Her Dad and I separated when she was a baby so she only knows this life. Recently, she has really been struggling with the fact that her Mommy and Daddy doesn't live in the same house like her friends at school.
I tell her all families are different. I talk about all of the people in our family that love her. I talk about how happy the home is we live in. She has a "stepdad" figure (my boyfriend who has been around since she was 1) that we live with so she does have a strong sense of family, accepatance, etc. But she still asks all the time why she doesn't have that. It breaks me heart to hear her say it.
She knows that Daddy and Mommy don't live in the same house because when we did it was a "sad house" filled with arguing and I didn't want her to grow up living in a sad house.
What do you say to help children come to peace with the life they have?