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Effective Communication

During divorce, separation or family disputes, children can experience a range of complex emotions.  

Every child is different, but it always helps to communicate with your child about their feelings in a supportive and understanding manner

Create a Safe Space

Ensure that your child feels safe and comfortable expressing their emotions without fear or judgement or repercussions. 

Listen Actively

Practice active listening by giving your full attention to your child when they want to talk.  Encourage them to share their feelings and concerns openly.

Validate their Feelings

Let your child know that their feelings are valid and normal giving the circumstances.  Avoid dismissing or minimising their emotions.

Be Honest
& Age Appropriate

Provide honest and age-appropriate explanations about the divorce or separation addressing your child's questions and concerns with sensitivity and clarity. 

Reassure Them

Offer reassurance and stability by emphasising your love for them and your commitment to supporting them through the changes.  

Encourage Coping Strategies

Teach your child healthy coping strategies, such as talking about their feelings, engaging in enjoyable activities, or spending time with supportive friends and family members.

Find out about creating a supportive environment for your child

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