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ASK DR. JILLIAN: “My son keeps asking why his dad and I can’t get re-married after divorce …”

Raising Kids |

My son keeps asking why his dad and I can’t get re-married after divorce – what do I tell him?

Explain that you love his dad very much and that you tried really hard to make it work, but unfortunately you and his dad could not find happiness together. Getting married to one another again would not fix that. You and his father ended the marriage in order to give each other a chance to find happiness. But, regardless of where everyone sleeps and lives, you are still – and will always be – a family. You will always love his father and you will always be part of one another’s lives.

One note – please try to avoid referring to your ex-husband as an “ex” in front of your children. Instead, refer to him as the “father of my children” or “co-parent” to reinforce that you are all still one family, and no one has been ex-communicated.

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