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How to Communicate With Your Children About Your Divorce or Separation

Help for anticipating your kids' needs during the initial stages of a divorce or separation.

5 Tips for Divorcing Parents

Divorcing parents need to work together for the good of their children.  Here are five key things to do right away to help your children through the changes your divorce will bring.

Questions Kids Ask Their Divorcing Parents
Divorcing parents often find that their children have many questions about what is going on in the family. Find out what questions you can expect your kids to ask, as well as how you can best help them through this time.

How to Introduce Your Kids to Someone You're Dating
If you're a single parent in a serious dating relationship, you may be wondering how to introduce the kids to your new love interest. Will they welcome this person into their lives, or will they be resentful? Here are some valuable tips for preparing yourself, your children, and your significant other for those initial introductions.

10 Tips for Telling Your Kids "We're Moving"
To children, moving can be a traumatic experience, especially if it means moving away from family and friends. Before you tell your children about an upcoming move, keep these ten tips in mind.

Conduct Family Meetings With Your Kids
Family meetings can be an important part of establishing ground rules, maintaining communication, and creating a team-like atmosphere in your home. Try to get into the habit of holding family meetings on a regular basis, such as weekly or monthly. In addition, you can conduct special family meetings as needed to discuss additional topics, such...

What Do I Tell My Child About Her Absent Father?
Absent fathers and mothers can be difficult to talk about. However, the children left behind by those parents often have many questions, and you want to be able to provide a reasonable explanation for their absence, while also being honest and fair. This FAQ includes sample wording you can use and also addresses the issue of bashing an absent parent.

Review of My To Homes, by Susan Magsamen
My Two Homes is a book for parents and children to read together as they navigate the adjustments they must go through in transitioning from one home to two homes. Written by Susan Magsamen, My Two Homes includes a separate binder for recording all of the important details that need to be shared as kids transition back and forth between mom's house and dad's house.

How Talk With Your Kids About Your Divorce, Separation, or Why You Never Married
Learn how to talk with your kids about divorce. Find out what you should and shouldn't do when talking about your situation with your kids, whether you're answering their questions about your divorce, separation, or why you never married.

How to Apologize to Your Kids
Apologies are powerful. They tear down defensive walls and help us to really communicate with one another. Learn how to apologize to your kids, when needed, with these practical tips.

Stages of Grief in Children
The way children deal with and express grief can be different from the stages of grief that we recognize as adults. Find out what the stages of grief look like in children, and what you can do to help your child cope with grief.

Quality Time is What Matters Most to Your Kids
Quality time with mom or dad matters so much more to your kids than material possessions. While you may be tempted to shower them with gifts when you can to show them your affection, remember that quality time spent in active play together is what your kids really crave.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Guest author, Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW, is a social worker in Canada. He works with families and is an expert on parent-child relations, custody, and parental accesses.

Mailing Gifts and Packages to Your Kids
When you're apart from your kids for holidays and birthdays, you'll want to send them an extra special, creative package in the mail. Here are some tips for making the package extra fun to open.

Things to Consider When You Tell Your Kids About Your Divorce or Separation
Be prepared to communicate with your children about your upcoming divorce or separation. Work out a plan with your former partner ahead of time, and anticipate the questions your kids will have. Includes specific guidelines for telling the kids.

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