Answering Children’s Questions About Parental Separation: The Age-Appropriate Way

The term ‘age appropriate’ is something parents hear all the time, but it can be a somewhat confusing term. Children develop at different rates both cognitively and emotionally and their capacity to comprehend what their parents are telling them or asking of them depends on their stage of development.

Parental separation is a difficult topic for parents to talk about with their children, especially with all of the emotions involved. Knowing what to tell children and what is not appropriate is key to supporting your child to have a positive relationship post-separation with both of their parents. Children need age-appropriate information, otherwise they can worry about the unknown.

Getting it right for your child is important to help them through parental separation. The following guidance should help you answer those awkward questions.