A divorce with children often presents many challenges, but your kids deserve the best out of both of their parents, whether or not you can stand one another. It's important to remember that parents can and should succeed at coparenting.
How do we tell our kids that we are getting divorced? One way to help children through this early stage is (according to age) to openly discuss what is happening in the family. In some cases, it makes more sense for children to hear about the decision to separate from both parents.
Marriage is a contract between adults, and when it ends, the divorce matter is (and should be) just between the adults also. Yet, no parental action has a greater impact on children. than the decision to end a marriage.
Parents often lament that children have minds of their own, and there's no doubt that this statement rings true for many families. However, there's not a lot of tolerance when a child exercises that willpower by refusing visitation. As a parent you may feel like your hands are tied, especially after a divorce or separation. Learn more about what to do when a child refuses visitation.