Many Ohio parents are unsure how to approach having “the talk” with their kids. It is not the talk about the birds and the bees that parents fear the most, but the one in which mom and dad say that they are no longer going to be living together as a family. Divorce is a difficult topic for families to discuss, and often parents simply don’t know where to begin. Honesty is an important component of a successful divorce “talk,” and plays a role in how both parents and children will process the changes ahead.
When discussing the issue with children, parents must take an honest approach, but one that is sensitive to the maturity level of the children involved. It is never appropriate to go into the gory details of why mom and dad have decided to part ways, and doing so only serves to place an undue burden on one’s children. Parents should not, however, shy away from expressing their sadness about the end of their marriage, as long as they take care not to place the children in the roles of caregivers.