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Mommy Dearest: Son Wants Perks and Presents of Divorce


Mommy Dearest,

I am at a crossroads trying to explain the aftermath of a divorce to my eight-year-old son. Though his daddy and I are happily married, his best friend's parents are splitting and each side is showering their child with gifts big and small. From ice cream cones to new skateboards, the third grader is getting everything except the sun and the moon. My boy gets the divorce aspect, but he doesn't understand why he can't have his wish list, too. He thinks he's deprived, how can I help him see the light?

— Explaining the Aftermath of Divorce

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Explaining the Aftermath of Divorce,

It's a tough task to explain love lost to a youngster. And, even harder to explain how divorced families deal with those relationships. Initially, many moms and pops use material items to show their love and affection for their children. Friends of those kids are often jealous of the "double rewards" that come with the breakup of a marriage. I've heard kids say, "I wish my parents were divorced! You get twice as many Christmas and birthday presents!" School aged tots may have a rough time seeing past the loot, but it is up to you to point out the advantages of their own life. It is a simple lesson of being thankful for what you have.

— Mommy Dearest

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