How do you help young children deal with divorce?

Lorie - posted on 05/18/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Husband and I getting divorce and he lives with a girlfriend who has kids of her own.

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Jane - posted on 05/19/2009

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Hi Lorie... its a tough one but I think if both parents are completely honest with the kids and shower them with love the kids learn to cope. They need to be fully aware that its not their fault and that the parents have had the breakdown and they are not being forsaken by either parent. Putting differences to one side is also paramount and as the adults whether you like each other or not, I feel its important to try and get along amicably for the sake of the kids. They are more resilient than we know. Keep communication open and encourage them to talk about whatever it is they need to. Good luck and remember, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger x

Michele - posted on 05/19/2009

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Hi Lorie,

Its very tricky but i found with my 2 i jst let them talk to me about it my ex husband is engaged to a really nice lady and have no kids as yet so not sure what will happen if they do but i feel the younger they are the easier it is for them mine were 2 and 7 months and and now are 6 and nearly 5 and seem pretty good with the situation hope this has been of some help



Michele

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