If you are the parent of a preschool-aged child in Nebraska and you and your spouse have decided to separate or get divorced, it is important for you to know how to communicate this change to your child. You will want to do this in a way that reassures your child and makes them feel safe and loved. The way to talk about divorce with a child who is three or four is very different than the way to talk with a child who is seven, eight or older.

As explained by Today’s Parent, you should ensure that your conversations focus on your child’s concrete reality. Discuss with them who will pick them up from school, who will read them a bedtime story and other related things. The more directly you can relate things to their world, the better they will understand what you are telling them. It can also be helpful at this time to maintain as much consistency in your child’s schedule as possible.

Another important part of telling a youngster about a divorce is that you should be prepared to reiterate the same points multiple times. Kids at this age need repetition in order to really absorb information so moms and dads should know that they may be asked about the divorce or some logistics at any time.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give parents in Nebraska some guidance as to how they can talk with their preschool-aged children about an upcoming or in-process parental divorce.