Child arrangements
Talking to children about divorce is a delicate and important task. Here's an approach I would recommend:

  • Choose the Right Time and Place: Find a quiet, comfortable space where you can talk without interruptions. Ensure that you have enough time to answer their questions and address their concerns.

  • Be United in Communication: If possible, both parents should be present for the conversation. This shows a united front and reassures the children that both parents will continue to be involved in their lives.

  • Age-Appropriate Language and Honesty: Use language that is appropriate for their age and maturity level. Be honest, but avoid sharing adult issues or blame. It's important to explain that the divorce is not their fault, and that both parents still love them.

  • Reassure Their Security: Children often worry about what will change, so reassure them about the things that will remain constant in their lives. Explain any changes they can expect in a straightforward way.

  • Encourage Questions and Express Emotions: Allow them to ask questions and express their feelings. Some children might not react immediately; they might need time to process the information.

  • Ongoing Support and Communication: Let them know that it's okay to talk about the divorce whenever they have questions or feelings to share. Regular check-ins are important to understand how they are coping over time.

  • Seek Professional Help if Needed: If you notice changes in their behaviour or if they seem particularly upset, consider seeking help from a child psychologist or counsellor.

The key reason for this approach is to ensure the children feel safe, loved, and heard. It's important to address their concerns, provide stability, and maintain open lines of communication. The goal is to minimize the emotional impact on the children and help them adjust to the changes in their family structure.