Divorce can be difficult for everyone, but sometimes parents lose sight of how truly difficult it is for children of divorce. We all say things that we may regret, but it is critical if you are going thorough a divorce to be cautious and intentional with how you speak with your children.
For parents who don’t mind their words, not only can it come back to haunt them in divorce court, but they can do real harm to their children and the people around them. Especially when you are angry, frustrated and fed up, it is important to try to take a breath, reflect and think before you speak, and in some instances, truly bite your tongue. There are certain things you should never say and once said are never truly taken back.
This article gives some clear examples from a few different experts on things definitely not to say to your children. Some of these are simple that you might not even think of, like “I’ll be lonely until you get back”. In that statement you are now burdening your child with your wellbeing and happiness.
This is a good read for all parents, whether or not you are going through a divorce...but especially if you are.
Selected excerpt(s) and linked article courtesy of Jeremy Brown, Fatherly & YourTango(dot)com
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