By April Littleton
A day before Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton called it quits on their relationship, the “Blurred Lines” singer took his son on a day trip to Disneyland. An eyewitness told UsMagazine.com that Thicke seemed to be cheerful and was responsive to all his fans. “I asked if I could get his autograph and he said, ‘ Sure baby!'” Thicke and Patton confirmed their split in a statement Mon, Feb. 24. Sources claim the split was bound to happen, “It is not a shock to Robin or Paula, and it is something they have discussed for a long time,” one source said.
How do you break the news of a separation to a child?
If you and your partner have come to an agreement in regards to divorce, the next course of action would be to tell the child/children the two of you have together. This step in the process of your breakup might be the toughest to go through, especially if your child may be too young to understand. Cupid has some tips:
1. Private setting: When you decide to break the tough news to your child/children, make sure to discuss it in a place where he/she will feel the most comfortable. The worst decision you could make is to tell your child about you and your partner’s split in a public environment.
2. Allow them to ask questions: Once you get the “hard” part out of the way, allow your loved one to ask as many questions as necessary. Your child/children will need some time to process the thought of not having both parents under the same roof. Don’t get frustrated. Instead, practice your patience and try your best to explain the situation.
3. Don’t smother: Allow your child his/her own space. Everyone in this situation will need some time alone. When things seem to settle down a bit, ask your kid how they’re feeling about the situation – including your former flame in the conversation might be a good idea as well.
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