Your kids likely know someone who has parents who live in two separate houses. However, when it comes time for you to talk about your impending divorce, it may feel impossible.
One of the most challenging parts of a Texas divorce is sorting out child-related issues. How you break the news to your children may have a lasting impact on their reactions and adjustment.
What are kids most afraid of in divorce?
The common misbelief of children during divorce is that the parent who leaves is not coming back. Establishing a regular visitation schedule from the outset of separation is crucial. The more they see the other parent, the more at ease they will become with the situation.
How can you set them up for success?
It is important to reinforce that divorce has nothing to do with the kids. However, you should acknowledge that the process will impact them just as hard, regardless of the circumstances around it. Allow the kids to speak freely and encourage them to express their emotions, good or bad. A mistake parents make during this time is trying to appease kids rather than listening to them.
Should you both speak to the kids or do it separately?
Presenting a united front when talking to the kids about your divorce may set them up for an easier transition. Reminding them that you will both still love and cherish them can go a long way in settling your children’s fears. Involving the kids in appropriate steps, such as choosing a new place to live or decorating a new room, can go a long way in helping them adjust.
Children are resilient and can go on to live normal lives in a co-parenting situation. It will help to manage your emotions and acknowledge theirs as well.