Mom and Dad Have Something to Tell You: Six Tips for Talking to Kids About Divorce

By Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D., A.B.P.P,Posted May 29, 2011, Psychology Today. 

If you are contemplating divorce, you might wonder how to tell the children.

Science tells us little about how to best tell children that parents will divorce. A few studies focus on how parents tell children, but fewer address the children’s reactions. If you are contemplating divorce, you might wonder how to tell the children.

Heather Westberg and her colleagues in Utah published the results of in-depth interviews of children of divorce. Their insights provide valuable considerations for parents who face this perplexing problem. From that study, several findings can provide parents guidance about how to tell their children the marriage is over.

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