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Explaining marital problems to young kids


How do we explain our marital problems to our three-year-old son? 

My husband and I are temporarily separated and are attempting to work through our differences with the help of a counselor. We both feel it's important to remain apart for the time being because we're concerned that our constant fighting may have a negative impact on our son. 

Most of the time he lives with me, but once in a while he spends the night at my husband's apartment. Do you think we're doing the right thing? Is this kind of arrangement harmful to a child?

A three-year-old doesn't have the capacity to understand concepts like marital separation. Any explanation you offer should be extremely simple and concrete. Start by being completely honest with him about what is going on. You might say something like, "Honey, Daddy and I love each other, but lately we've been having some arguments. We're trying to learn how to get along better with a special helper. While we do that, we've decided that Daddy is going to live in a different house for a while." 

For a three-year-old child, the most important thing you can do is make sure that he feels safe and loved. During this time of instability you will need to reassure him that Mommy and Daddy love him very much and that you will always be there for him. You and your husband should also be very careful to behave appropriately toward one another when you're around him. Swallow your pride, and put his needs ahead of your desire to criticize or snipe at each other. 

It is good that you and your husband have made a commitment to attend counseling together and work on your relationship. That takes courage and determination, and you're to be commended on your willingness to make whatever sacrifices are necessary in order to preserve your marriage and ensure a stable and secure upbringing for your child. 

One last thought: we would encourage you to move back in together as soon as possible. Research shows that the longer you stay physically separated the higher your risk for divorce. 

This article was published with permission from Focus on the Family Malaysia. For more information, please visit


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