Marlene N. Kasman, PhD
Dr. Marian K Shapiro
You can also start talking to your child about the divorce if you have not already done so. A few things to keep in mind are:
1. Keep things simple and straight-forward. Do not share too much information. They do not need to know all the details.
2. Reassure them that the divorce is not their fault.
3. Let them know that everyone may be sad and it is ok.
4. Let them know that you both still love them and will always be their parents.
Be alert to your child's signs of distress. At times children may become more aggressive, uncooperative, and withdraw. Behavioural and school problems are common as well.
Most of all, your 7-year will do best if they know they are loved and that you and your ex-spouse will still be their parents.