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A young child sits on his bed with tears rolling down his faceHis mother and father stare at him with a distraught look on their faceThe little boy asks If parents stop being married can they decide notto be a mommy or a daddy anymore His mother leans over and gives thelittle boy a hug and replies Your daddy and I just cant live togetheranymore we still love you and we will always be your mommy and daddyThis question along with many others are very common for young childrento ask when they are told that their parents are going to get divorcedHow does one reply to such a question Looking into those big tear filledeyes it can be hard to explain The explanation that this mother gave wasfilled with love and compassion Many parents to comfort children whileexplaining divorce use doublespeak and jargon Doublespeak is languagethat makes the bad seem good and the negative appear positive WilliamLutz The World of Doublespeak 188 There are many ways that parentscan explain to their children that they are getting divorced Children usually know when their parents arent happy and may feelconfused about the situation Barb Clark a divorce counselor andpsychologist suggests different ways to communicate to your children aboutdivorce She recommends that children need to be told about the divorcebefore it happens Divorce Telling the Childrenhttpwebtusconetpfcsprog2033htm However many parents fail totell their children that a divorce is in the near future For instanceJohn Lewis and his wife Phylis decided to get a divorce after several yearsof marriage Their son Brian was 14 years of age at the time of thisdecision Phylis one night packed her bags and left the house without anyexplanation to her son about her leaving The next morning John sat Briandown and explained that they were getting a divorce Although Brian was ata mature age it still didnt make sense to him and he was verydisappointed Could this have been
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