When a couple decides to get a divorce, the children may not understand why this is happening. They may wonder why mom and dad would do this and think they are doing it to be mean. It is up to both parents to help the children understand why the divorce is happening and to why it is actually a good thing for their family.
Your children may think that because you are getting divorced that they won’t see their mom or won’t see their dad because that is what happened to a friend of theirs. Assure them that you and your soon to be ex both want to be involved in their lives and that you will both be spending lots of time with them throughout the process and once the divorce is final.
Your children may go through a phase where they want to try and get their parents to stay together or get back together. If you see this in your children you will want to have a discussion with them about why you and your ex broke up and why it would not be for anyone’s best interest for you to get back together. It is perfectly natural for your children to want to see their parents together, but it isn’t a good for them to hold the fantasy that one day everything is just going to magically be all better.
Finally, it is very important for both parents to make sure their children do not hear them talking badly about each other. If they overhear you saying bad things about your ex to your friends they may either start to believe these things, or they may get angry at you. Either scenario is not a good one, and creates extra tensions at a time that is already pretty stressful.