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10 Common Questions Kids Ask About Divorce

Divorce is a challenging time for you and especially for children. Kids may have many questions about divorce as they try to navigate the changes in their family dynamic.

Here are the top 10 questions kids often ask about divorce:

1.    Why are Mom and Dad getting a divorce? Children often want to understand the reason behind their parents' decision to get a divorce. It's important to provide age-appropriate explanations that give them a sense of understanding without placing blame.


2.    Is the divorce my fault? Kids may internalize the divorce and wonder if their actions caused their parents to split up. Reassuring them that the divorce is not their fault is crucial to their emotional well-being.

3.    Will I still get to see both Mom and Dad? One of the most significant concerns for children going through a divorce is the fear of losing contact with one or both parents. Reassure them they will still have a relationship with both parents, even if they live separately.

4.    Will our family ever be the same again? Children often mourn the loss of the family unit they once knew. Acknowledge their sadness and uncertainty while emphasizing that love and support will continue despite the changes.

5.    Can I still love both Mom and Dad? Kids may feel torn between their parents and worry about hurting one parent's feelings by showing affection to the other. Emphasize that it's okay to love both parents and that their love is not a limited resource.

6.    Will I have to move or change schools? Moving to a new home or changing schools can be overwhelming for children. Providing stability and consistency during this time is essential for their emotional well-being.

7.    What will happen to our family traditions? Children hold on to family traditions as a source of comfort and stability. Assure them that while some traditions may change, new traditions can be created to help them feel connected to their family.

8.    Will you and Dad/Mom ever get back together? Kids may hold on to the hope of their parents reconciling, even after the divorce has been finalized. Being honest about the situation without giving false hope is crucial for managing expectations.

9.    Do I have to choose sides? Children should never feel pressured to choose sides between their parents. Encourage open communication and reassure them they can maintain a positive relationship with both parents.

10. Will everything be, okay? During uncertainty and change, children seek reassurance that everything will eventually be okay. Offer support, love, and understanding as they navigate through the complexities of divorce.

Navigating the questions and emotions arising during a divorce can be challenging for children and parents. Listening, validating their feelings, and providing reassurance can go a long way in helping children cope with the changes and uncertainties that come with divorce. Remember, each child's experience is unique, so be patient and understanding as they work through their emotions and adjust to their new family dynamic.

DD tip: Make sure you and your ex- give similar answers.

You will be alright, just be ready for lots of questions,



Time to Dish:

·      What questions did your children ask about your divorce?

·      How did you handle the questions?

·      Did your ex answer the same way?

·      Are you all on the same page about answering?



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