27 Aug What Happens Next?
Before parents take any steps with respect to a separation, they have to figure out how to break the news to the children. While it is heartbreaking to think about broaching the topic, it is important that parents are equipped with some skills and resources to make this conversation easier for the kids and their parents.
The common denominator is that parents need to provide the children with age appropriate content and ensure children feel loved and accepted and reassured.
Here are a few online resources for parents:
- Dr. Joan B. Kelly: Talking with Your Children about Separation and Divorce
- What Do We Tell The Kids? (YourSocialWorker.com)
- Divorce: What Should You Tell the Children (HealthyChildren.org)
- Helping Kids Cope with Separation and Divorce
In addition to some great online resources for parents, the Canadian Government has published a information booklet for children called “What Happens Next’. It is aimed at children, aged 9 to 12 years old and provides age appropriate information about separation and divorce. Parents can give this to their children as part of a discussion on divorce. I have linked a PDF of the booklet below and clients can pick up a hard copy from our office.