Divorce is stressful for all involved, and it can take months to get through everything involved in dividing assets and negotiating custody arrangements in Minnesota.
If you have young children, it can be difficult to explain in an age-appropriate way why mom or dad no longer lives at home, or that the separation is not the fault of the child. Fortunately, there are some ways that can make it a little easier to explain divorce to kids.
Provide simple explanations
While kids can be naturally curious, there is no reason to go into detail about the separation. For example, you can simply explain to the child that you and their other parent get along better when you are apart.
Avoid speaking ill of your former partner
Although it can be tempting to vent about the divorce, especially to an older child, avoid badmouthing your ex-spouse. You should strive to keep negative feelings between you and your ex-partner separate from your child’s relationship with the other parent. If possible, discuss the divorce with your child together with your ex-spouse.
Focus on reassurance
Children often have questions about divorce because they are afraid of what the change might bring. Let them know that both parents still love them and will continue to care for them. Reassure them that what you are doing is in the best interest of everyone involved.
Explaining divorce to kids can be difficult, but learning how to do so in an empathetic manner will help ease their fears and concerns.