How mom and dad break the news of a divorce to a 3-year-old must and should be different from that of an 11-year-old.
Two considerate parents sat a preschooler down to tell him about their upcoming divorce. With a lot of gentleness and love, they slowly told the little boy that mommy and daddy would stop living together and live in separate houses, but he would continue seeing both of them. In their minds, and honestly, they had done the most critical part of it all – affirming to the kid that they still loved him.
Adults and children have different understandings of divorce. While you may give your child the right information without overwhelming him or her, you might fail to put across an essential point that seems so obvious to you but not obvious to your child.
Adults can view divorce as the complex, multidimensional scenario that it is. But children don’t appreciate these big picture reassurances and will tend to view things in concrete terms. Little wonder your child can ask you questions like, “Where will our dog stay?”
There are several children’s books that talk about divorce.
Some of them are direct and talk about the divorce itself, while others have hidden the divorce message inside a story. Some of these stories tell the kids about life after divorce, like moving away, adapting to new families, and talking about it.
Such books can provide healing and help kids find the words to talk about their feelings about separation and divorce.
A friend follows his schoolmate home for a school project only to discover that she actually has two homes and has a great relationship with her father, mother, and stepfather. The story is optimistic and tries to show that post-divorce life can even be fun and normal.
This is a beautiful story of two different families coming together. Jackson’s mom is getting married and he now has a new sister in this unique family setting.
This is an excellent book that depicts a divorced family. She expresses her family’s situation through art as she loves to paint.
Many children going through a divorce will find this book relatable. Lou keeps track of time to determine when next he will be seeing the other parent. However, this will fit older kids as it is a bit detailed.
This story tells the sentiments of well-adjusted children and how they cope with the different situations in each family. It tries to show that this can happen to anyone and tries to normalize divorce.
This picture book is a comical tale on a difficult topic. It narrates the story of young Kelsey, who keeps moving from her mom’s to dad’s house. Quite a spirited girl.
This is s troy of a girl who moves between homes and her dog Fred follows her wherever she goes, thus giving her a sense of stability and companionship that she so needs. Her parents don’t see Fred’s role, but she stands her ground and insists on staying with Fred.
A teacher asks a class with diverse students what a family is. They all give a different description of a family as some live with a mom and dad, others with their grandparents; other families have divorced parents. Other families have disabled parents, while others are LGBTQ and foster families.
A lovely story of a boy called Max, who enjoys spending time with his dad. While the story doesn’t rub it in, it is evident that his parents are separated and the story takes the reader on a journey with Max as he tries to learn that his dad’s home is also his home. In the second book, Road Trip with Max and His Mom, Max goes on a trip with his mom with an assurance that his dad will be okay.
Amber’s parents are divorced in this book series. But Amber is now becoming envious of her friends who don’t seem to be having any family problems. Her mom is getting remarried and her dad is going out for dates. This book speaks a lot about preteen troubles.
When Winnie’s parents divorced, they decided that Winnie would stay with each parent three days of the week and the remaining day at a treehouse located between the two houses. But Winnie is done with her parents’ ridiculous behaviors and decides to stay at the treehouse full-time until her parents act reasonably. Soon, other kids join her in this war.
A sad and sweet story of divorce, eating disorders, and adjusting to the new normal. Emily doesn’t welcome the change in her life, but it is happening regardless. On top of it all, her best friend is making new friends and is now paying more attention to boys. Could it get any worse for Emily? This book will help a child open up communication on the subject of separation and divorce.
A fantasy novel of a girl with a rough patch adjusting to her parent’s separation and living in a new state with her grandma. She finds a magical breadbox that gives anything one wishes for, and things don’t seem so difficult anymore. A great novel handling big themes.
Kelly has created a hopeful novel about two kids struggling with family complications but finds companionship and solace in each other.
Isabella is facing an identity crisis as she comes from a mixed-race family, and people often comment about it. But now her parents are splitting, and it can only get worse.
Sweet Pea’s parents have separated, but they live next to each other to co-parent efficiently. In the middle of this transition, Sweet Pea finds a new job with her neighbor. A heartwarming story.
Research shows that three factors are needed to ensure a child of any age adjusts post-divorce; a strong relationship with both parents, good parenting, and reduced child exposure to conflict.
A child can experience the loss of a parent when they drift out of the child’s life or when one undermines the other’s relationship with the child. In some instances, it is the child who withholds due to their personality and temperament.
A parent can only do his or her part by maintaining ties with your child. If you belittle the other parent in front of your child, you’re basically devaluing the relationship between them.
It could be challenging to be a good parent when you are grieving the loss of a relationship and busy trying to chase after marital property and other divorce-related things.
In such cases, it is recommended to get counseling on keeping your issues separate from your interactions with your children.
In fact, research shows that divorced parents who attend education classes are often more confident and are better off. Your local family service agency could be having information about mediators, counselors, lawyers, etc.
The best way to avoid conflict is to stop it before it even starts. You can do this to get started:
Wishing you the best. XOXO
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