Ask Honey: How to Explain a Trial Separation to my Children?

Honey, My husband and I have decided to trial separate and live in separate houses. Do you have any advice for how to explain this to my eight year-old and five year-old?



Dear Ana,

I would certainly make a plan with my husband before you tell the children.

I would sit down as a family to explain this separation to the children. Tell them what to expect. The biggest problem for children is the impact of one parent moving out of the house. I would tell them how often they will see their daddy and stick to the promise. Ask them to ask you questions and express their worries. Tell them that mommy and daddy will love them just as much and will always be there for them. Be patient. This will take time to sink in and adjust to.

- Honey