Denise RichardsÂ has certainly proven herself to be a dedicated single mom. Â Richards is a former supermodel and mother of three (two of who she had with ex-husbandÂ Charlie Sheen). Â When Sheen had his outbursts last year, Richards knew better then to continue to lie to her children and keep them in the dark. Â She decided to educate her daughters about the cause of those outbursts: addiction. Â According to UsMagazine.com, Richards said, “It’s too early [for them to understand], but I told them enough for them to make sense of things that were going on.” Â There’s no doubt that single parents can use Richards as an example.
How do you explain to your kid(s) why you’re a single parent?Â
Sometimes it can be difficult raising kids on your own. Â Cupid shares how to handle the time when kids ask why you’re a single parent:
1. Don’t bash your ex: When explaining why you’re no longer in a relationship and why your partner is absent, don’t criticize them. Â Like Richards, take it as an opportunity to educate your child.
2. Don’t lie: Some parents like to sugarcoat things forÂ theirÂ child, but that’s not always the best option. Â It’s usually better for them to hear the truth from you, even if it’s not the whole story of your separation.
3. Memories: Explain that sometimes all you have are memories. Â Share the good times with your child, but let them know that it wasn’t always happy and that your being a single parent was best for both you and them.
How do you help your child understand your being a single parent? Let us know in a comment below.