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Tips for dealing with separation: How will they react?

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4. Blame

Parentline Plus says:
'Children often blame themselves for family break up, thinking their behaviour or personality was the reason a parent left. Reassure your children that it was none of their doing and that their relationship with both parents should remain intact.

They may also frequently blame one or other parent, a sibling or stepparent for the break-up. They may need help to talk through and work out such feelings.'

5. Your child's moods

Dave Spellman, family therapist says:
'Children show rather than tell us how they feel. Give them lots of love and let them know you understand how hard it is for them. But make sure they know when their behaviour is not acceptable. You may have to be a bit more flexible with discipline in this situation, but try to be consistent.'

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Where to next?

- How to survive a break up
- Divorce - what happens next?

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