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How to break the news of a divorce to children

Despite a decline in the nationwide rate, divorce is still a highly prevalent part of modern American society. This may be why two Florida lawmakers introduced a bill that would make it a requirement in the state for engaged couples to read materials about how to have a healthy marriage. That way, people know what they will get into once they tie the knot. 

Even though the lawmakers have good intentions, divorce will continue to impact people from all walks of life. For the time being, parents just need to know how to help navigate their children through this difficult time. It is critical to know how to properly break the news to your children so that they can begin adjusting to this new way of life. 

Tell everyone at the same time

When you have multiple children, it is ideal to tell all of them simultaneously. You do not want one child to think she or he has to "be strong" or keep a secret. Additionally, both parents need to be there. You do not want your children to foster resentment toward the other parent. You need to make it clear that a divorce is what both parents want and that ultimately, everyone will be happier in the long run. 

Answer all questions honestly

Your kids may have a litany of responses. They will be angry. They will be sad. Regardless, your children will have questions. It is paramount to answer all inquiries openly and honestly. Your kids can likely handle far more information than you think they can. Hiding secrets and keeping your kids in the dark will only hurt them in the long run. 

Rehearse with your spouse

You and your spouse need to be on the same page. While you may not like this person at the moment, you need to provide a unified front. It is critical for your children to see the two of you behave maturely during this trying time. 

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