It’s never easy to tell a child that you and your partner are separating. So before you do anything, make sure the separation is definitely happening.

  • Try and tell your child together if possible.
  • Make sure your child understands that the separation is not their fault.
  • Reassure your child that you both still love them.
  • Stick to the facts – in a way that suits your child’s age.
  • Try not to attach blame to either parent.
  • Help young children to understand in ways they can easily understand.

Answer children’s questions as truthfully as possible. Once they understand the small things, you can all cope better with the big changes.

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