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#1 of 3 Old 08-22-2005, 09:27 PM - Thread Starter
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That you are moving and that you won't be living with daddy anymore,my daughter is starting to ask questions and getting upset and I don't now how to explain it to her that we won't be living with him anymore.Out of all of this,it is the hardeset part of it all.I can deal with the infidilety that he did to me and I can handle myself and my emotions,but she is just a baby and doesn't understand and it's just breaking my heart.
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Keep it simple and honest.
We need to move to a different house/apartment/whatever.
She will likely ask why.
I'd follow with something like, sometimes mommies & daddies need to live in different places.

Your daughter will ask for as much info as she needs. If you keep it simple and only answer what she asks, it will make it easier.

It's a difficult part of separating, explaining it to the kids. As my son gets older, he asks for more information and I provide the most honest and accountable response I can.

Sorry to hear about your situation.
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#3 of 3 Old 08-23-2005, 02:37 PM
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My dd was five. I told her that I was moving to a new house; that she'd see us both all the time; and that I didn't want to live with dad anymore because of all the screaming (or something like that, I don't rember exactly. it was definitely kid-friendly tho)

She freaked for about ten seconds, her only question was "who's going to cook dinner????????" in an agonized wail, then she was fine. She does NOT like going back and forth between houses, but I don't see any way around that, unfortunately. I did buy a house only 2 blocks from him though.
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