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How to Tell Your Children that You Are Getting Divorced

First in a two-part series for divorcing parents

by Shannon Hutton, M.Ed., M.P.A.  |  5800 views  |  2 comments  |        Rate this now! 

After you’ve told your children about the divorce, promptly tell their teachers, school counselor, grandparents, coaches, babysitters, and other significant adults in their life so they can be on the lookout for behavior and mood changes and provide support. However, be sure to tell your children first so they do not hear about their parents’ divorce from someone else.

Telling your children you are getting a divorce will be difficult, but preparing for the conversation can help it go as smoothly as possible.


About the Author

Shannon Hutton is a certified School Counselor who counsels students on anger management, social skills, anxiety, divorce, self-esteem, study skills, impulsivity and bullying. She also shares fun kids crafts, coloring pages, easy recipes and simple project ideas at Seasonal Kids Activities and does cool giveaways at Momsational.

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2 comments so far...

  • Thanks Diane! Books are a great way to normalize experiences for kids, and adults!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Shannon Hutton, M.Ed., M.P.A. on 22nd January 2008

  • These are all great suggestions. I especially like that there are kids' books on the topic of divorce. That seems like an excellent way to help kids come to terms with what is, as you say, a momentous change in their lives. Reading is a fabulous way to stimulate discussion.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 17th January 2008