Florida parents have a lot to handle during divorce. One of your top concerns is your child. You have to figure out the legal details. This includes matters of custody and child support payments.
But you also need to decide how to deal with divorce on an emotional and mental level. This includes figuring out how to break the news to your kids. This is one of the hardest parts for many parents, for good reason.
Prepare your conversation ahead of time
Psychology Today has several tips for breaking the news of divorce to your kid. Most of these tips have to do with how you deliver information and what you deliver. For example, your child does not need to know the details of your divorce. They do not need to understand what happened to lead you to this point. You can simply tell them that things between you did not work out. Also, emphasize that you both still love your child. Make sure they know that this is not their fault. Children tend to internalize guilt about divorce. This is very damaging to their psyche.
Work together with your co-parent
When you deliver information, make sure you and your co-parent are on the same page. Do not argue with each other. Do not speak over each other. Do not try to downplay each other. Instead, work together. Tell your child what to expect in the future. Let them know what will change. Tell them what may stay the same. This removes any element of surprise. Removing this surprise can help your child process the situation better. In combination with the above tips, this may help.