Everyone in the family will respond to the significant change in the family in their own unique way. It is natural for parents to be confused, frustrated, irritable, guilty, sad or even relieved during this period of time. Children have similar feelings and may demand to know about the adults business.
Parents are encouraged to resist the temptation to tell the children because it will complicate their acceptance of change in the family. It is important to protect the child from the legal process, financial problems and from the emotional devastation a parent might be experiencing. An adult may appear tearful or sad and share that they sometimes miss the other parent. This gives the child permission to express their own feelings. It is not appropriate for the adult to engulf the child in endless sobbing and tell the child that they can not live without the other parent.300-207