Last night my ex husband informed me he is leaving and will not be seeing our kids anymore. But he has told our 6 and 4 year olds he is only going on holidays for a while which isnt true hes moving to QLD from WA. My 6 year old boy is very emotional and struggles with his emotions and expressing them as he has autism. My 4 year old girl doesnt seemed phased by the news at all but how do i tell them their father doesnt want them anymore and will not be having any contact with them from now. Their father also got them excited yesterday at their visit by telling them that his partner is pregnant so they will have a brother or sister… what do i do???
I’m sorry to hear this. Try to keep the explanation as simple as possible and tell them about parenting arrangements if any. Be prepared for questions and keep answers short. Kids usually need multiple short talks before it sinks in.
Sounds like you don’t actually know what his next move is going to be be so I wouldn’t say anything about the the future to them at the moment, wait and see what actually happens. Just reassure them how much you love them, give them lots of time with other family members and friends and distract them with all things christmasy!
They don’t need to know this. And it sounds like he will be back. Like last poster said, they are so young, get them to focus on other things and love them super hard . The time for that chat might come later but not now.