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Couples who wait until their kids are grown to split up may mistakenly assume that their children won’t be traumatized by their divorce.
As a result, many don’t exercise the same kind of care and consideration as they would with younger children.
Corcoran knows firsthand, having gotten such a call from her mother when she was 25 and in law school.Beyond that, Walfish has specific tips for talking to adult children: Set Realistic Expectations Don’t expect your children to be happy for you, even if you feel the divorce is a good thing.“For me, knowing Mom and Dad were divorcing was devastating enough, but dealing with Mom, who expected me to be happy for her for leaving Dad, was even more emotionally draining,” says Brooke Lea Foster, author of .“If you had small children, you’d talk to them together and tell them they didn’t do anything wrong.
When kids are adults, you can forget you’re still Mommy and Daddy to them and discuss adult issues with them that include all the intimate details.During this difficult period, parents may be preoccupied with their own problems, but continue to be the most important people in their children's lives.