10 Top Ways to Help Your Child Through Your Separation / Divorce
Tell your child the truth about the divorce. Children need simple
and honest answers they can understand without making anyone seem wrong
Reassure your child that you both still love him or her and that the decision is not their fault.
Children need to be able to love both parents. Do not put your child in a position of having to take sides.
- Keep your child out of your communication with your ex-partner. Do not ask your child to be a messenger.
Honor your parenting agreements. Do not make plans for your child on the other parent's scheduled time.
- Listen attentively and non-judgmentally to your child's feelings and concerns.
- Maintain schedules and predictable routines.
If your child is having difficulty adjusting, investigate counseling
and support groups for children whose parents are no longer together.
Allow your child to be a child. Do not burden him or her with financial
worries or a sense of responsibility for your well-being
Take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Your child needs you!