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Preparing kids for separation or divorce

Divorce or separation is a difficult time for kids, and for parents alike. If you don't know how to help our kids make the transition more easily - we have some resources that will help.

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When a family decides that things aren’t working out as they are, and it is time for the parents to split up, this is a harrowing time for everyone. It is hard to manage the emotional journey that everyone is now going on, alongside the practical aspects to the split, from seeing the children, to managing the family finances.

Every family will have a different set of circumstances, the reasons for the split may be tough in themselves, or it could be that the break-up is mutual. Whatever has driven the decision process to this end, we hope that all parties concerned will try and work through things with their children as carefully as possible. Honesty and co-operation between parents can assist kids with what is always going to be a strange and confusing time for them.

This month, for our parenting tips linky, we are going to bring you some resources and articles that help you prepare and assist your children if you are going through a divorce, or separating with your partner. We have pulled together anything that provides relevant advice, and tools to provide information both for you and your children including:

  • Books that discuss the topic
  • Activities that can assist understanding, and
  • Advice for you about how to talk to your children about the separation to enable an easier transition.

Whatever happens, it won’t be an easy time. However, you WILL get through it.

My take away from watching friends going through separation is not to be afraid to ask for help. Even if you aren’t the type to do so normally, you would be surprised at how understanding and supportive your friends can be when you most need them. Calling on their help when you are going through one of the toughest stages in your life is pretty much what those friends are for. Don’t be afraid to ask; there may very well be someone that can either just listen or offer that all important practical help when you most need it.

If you do link up, I will pin to my parenting tips board on Pinterest as well, which has over 500,000 followers – so hopefully you will get a bit of love for the post:

Right, enough chatter, here are those helpful resources for you all:

Helping your kids when you are going through a tough time in a relationship isn't easy at all. We have some tips for you to help out when you are divorcing or separating from your partner.

(Image credit: Young handsome man depressed about divorce via Shutterstock)

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Steven Hraham

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

I see that this is principly aimed at younger children but what about the case of adultchildren. I am currently going through divorce and it was particularly tough on my 18 year old daughter. I am going to blog about this at my own website but what could I or my ex have done to better prepare out adult children? I thought it would be easier but I know it definitely strained the relationship of my youngest daughter and ex. Just a thought that even older kiddies are still kiddies.

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