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Telling children about divorce

When same-sex couples decide to get a divorce in Texas, they may wonder how they will explain the situation to their children. There are a few things parents can do to help their kids as they communicate this kind of news.

Parents may find it helpful to schedule a time to tell their children about the divorce. The Huffington Post says this can help people make sure they will have enough time to discuss the subject with the kids. Children will likely have many questions, so it is important for parents to make sure they do not break the news if the whole family is about to leave for school and work. Scheduling a time can also help ensure that people can talk to their children at the same time. Some parents may find it helpful to discuss beforehand how they will handle this conversation so they can make sure it is a peaceful one.

When people discuss divorce with their children, it is important for them to make sure the children do not feel responsible. According to HealthyChildren.org, sometimes kids might think they are the reason their parents are getting divorced. Parents should typically explain that the children did not do anything wrong. Additionally, it is a good idea to consider the questions kids might have, especially since they may not always ask them out loud. Children may ask how a divorce will affect their school schedule and living arrangements. Parents should generally answer these questions as honestly as they can and explain how things might change.

Some people may find it helpful to keep their language simple when they speak to their children. Additionally, it is a good idea to leave out information that might make the conversation more complicated, such as the conflicts that led to the divorce. It is important for parents to tell their children that they will both still be involved in the kids' lives and that they love the kids very much. In the days after this conversation, children may often have more questions, and it is a good idea for parents to discuss the subject as much as the children need to.

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