Difficult Questions: Daughter Asks Why Her Parents Are Separated And Her Mother Doesn’t Know How To Answer

Divorce is tough on parents and kids alike. For "Sarah," explaining her separation from her ex-husband to her daughter is a challenge.

They Have Always Been Separated

"Sarah's daughter, nearly 8, only knows her parents living separately but not fighting. They have a great co-parenting relationship and attend all her events together." Read more here

The Realization

"She's aware we aren't married or live together," said Sarah. "She's realizing we're not a couple, seeing her friends' undivorced parents."

The Living Arrangement

Sarah co-parents with flexibility, having her child weekdays and every other weekend. Her ex visits some Mondays and they adjust as needed. details

Dealing with Questions

"She's questioning our break-up, struggling with missing her dad, crying nightly," says Sarah, upset about their living arrangements.

Explaining the Situation

"I explain that parents can excel separately as mom and dad," said Sarah, seeking other means to ease her daughter's concerns.

Daughter Is Grieving

A separated woman uses food metaphors to explain her split to her child, emphasizing that it isn't her fault and encouraging open communication. She also got her a special diary to note down her feelings .

Finding Something To Relate To

Consider co-parenting books that offer a kid-friendly view on separated parents. Items that positively portray co-parenting might help as it seems you manage better apart.

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