Ohio parents like you already have plenty to juggle when it comes to divorce. When you have to balance a child with your personal matters, it gets even more complex. There is no easy way to do this.
Unfortunately, you will also have to figure out how to break the news to your child. This adds an extra layer of stress. How do you do it? How can you limit the damage your child faces? There are some ways that can soften the blow.
Presenting a unified front with a co-parent
Psychology Today discusses ways of telling your kids you plan on getting a divorce. Many of the tips revolve around how you present the information. After all, there is no getting around the fact that announcing a divorce is traumatic. Your child’s life will change forever and they know this. The idea of facing that change is often terrifying. It is your job as parent to reassure them as much as possible.
First, discuss things with your co-parent before approaching your child. This ensures you are on the same page. If you limit conflict between the two of you, it provides your child with a greater sense of stability. They can tell when there is tension and anger, so do not talk to your child if you are in the midst of a quarrel, either. Picking the right time and place to drop the news is crucial.
How will you present the news?
Second, focus on how you present the news. Make sure you reassure your child that none of this is their fault. You do not have to tell them everything, but they should know what will change and what may not. This eliminates some element of surprise, which can make the news easier to swallow.