How should a parent tell his or her kids about a divorce?

The decision to end a marriage is difficult and complex, as are the ways this choice could affect the youngest members of the family. North Carolina parents want to be intentional about how they tell their kids they are getting a divorce as this news will have a profound impact on every area of their lives. It is beneficial to thoughtfully prepare for this discussion before breaking the news.  

A difficult conversation 

The timing and setting of this conversation is critical. Parents will want to tell their kids about the divorce in a place where the kids can express emotions and ask questions openly, so choosing a private and comfortable place is important. It will also be prudent to avoid having the conversation at a time where the kids may be distracted by something else that may influence their reactions. 

When having this conversation, both parents should be present. Even if there are difficult emotions and issues the parents must navigate, presenting a united front when talking with the kids is helpful. Depending on the ages of the kids, it can be helpful to provide children with as much information as possible about what to expect in the weeks and months ahead.  

The best future for the kids 

How North Carolina parents tell their kids about their divorce is important. Providing stability and security for them begins with helping them understand what is happening and taking steps to protect their mental and emotional well-being as much as possible. Going forward, it is prudent to place the needs of the kids as the primary concern in any divorce-related discussion.  

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