When we have children, we never imagine that the relationship with our partner may not last. But it’s a sad reality that many of us face. if you are a parent unhappy in your marriage or partnership, what should you ask yourself before making a decision to split? And if you do decide to go forward with a separation or divorce, how can you best protect the emotional and psychological well-being of your kid during and after the end of your relationship?
On this week’s show, I speak with divorce & parenting expert, Rosalind Sedacca. She is the founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network for parents and a regular contributor to dozens of national blogs and divorce websites. She’s also the author of How Do I Tell the Kids About the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children – with Love and a divorced parent herself who successfully raised a healthy, emotionally intact son with her ex. She shares the six critical messages you must convey to your child when you tell him or her about the separation as well as concrete suggestions for co-parenting post divorce, including her recommendation for Kids On Time, a website that offers separated parents an easy way to reduce conflict through a shared calendar and easy communication system. After listening to this show, if you are interested in additional information, Rosalind has a free e-book for download on the ChildCenteredDivorce.com home page.