Navigate the divorce conversation with kids
When New Jersey couples decide to get a divorce, they may wonder how they will tell their children. When people sit down to talk to their kids about this new development, there are a few things they may want to keep in mind.
Before they tell their children about the divorce, parents may want to decide what they will say. Parents magazine says people should consider what their kids might need to hear in this conversation. Some people, for example, may want to emphasize that the kids are not responsible for the divorce. Other children may need to hear that their parents still love them and that they are still a family. Additionally, it is a good idea for parents to talk to their kids together. It may be best if people speak to all of the kids at the same time. Sometimes, though, it may be a good idea to have individual conversations if parents think that one child will not take the news well.
Children may react to this news in a variety of ways and it is important for parents to answer all of their questions. Sometimes kids may wonder how the divorce will affect their everyday routine, while other children may cry and not want to talk about the divorce. It is a good idea for parents to give their children space to process the news and be willing to talk about the subject as much as a child needs to.
When some parents tell their kids about a divorce, they may feel like their children need to know all of the details. According to HuffPost, it may not be a good idea to share every detail with the kids, especially about the factors that led to the divorce. Sometimes a marriage may end because of money problems or an affair, and children usually do not need to know this information.