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If one parent doesn’t speak love to the child, there is nothing to be gained by the other parent offering verbal reassurance of the spouse’s love for the children. Chapman recommends that parents reassure children that the parents are not leaving the children.
It’s best if a separated couple can be civil with each other in allowing the children to see both parents without badmouthing each other.
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Children have enough going on emotionally, so parents must be careful that they don’t keep changing the rules and cause further frustration.
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When a couple reaches the point of separation, either to work on their relationship from a distance or as a first step toward divorce, the entire situation gets further complicated when children are involved. What’s a parent to do in this interim season of his or her marital relationship?
Is it right to offer children hope when they’re hurting? Gary Chapman coaches couples, “Tell children the truth about your separation and impending divorce.
Counseling is highly recommended for children of separation or divorce. Chapman explains that when a family falls apart, there’s a sense in which children are processing grief. If children aren’t seeing a counselor with whom they can ask questions and honestly express emotions, that usually means no one is talking to them about their family grief.