LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian sat down and had a very important conversation with Cibrian’s young sons three days before their wedding, according to People. Because it’s Cibrian’s second marriage, he wanted mason, 7, and Jake, 4, to know exactly what to expect on the big day. “The kids have known we were getting married since we got engaged,” said Rimes. “We explained that they were going to have two families.” Cibrian chimed in, saying, “The kids come first in everything we do. We wanted to make sure LeAnn and my wedding was not only ours, but their party too. They were beyond excited to celebrate us all coming together as a family.” Rimes and Cibrian took the kids’ role in their future marriage very seriously, as they even went to therapy to learn the best way to communicate with them.
How do you explain a second marriage to your kids?
It’s not always easy to make children feel comfortable when it comes to one of their parents remarrying. Cupid has some advice on how to handle the situation:
1. Attend therapy: Take a cue from LeAnn Rime and Eddie Cibrian. If you’re not quite sure how to explain a second marriage to your kids or how they may react, attending therapy as a family is a great idea. Everyone will be able to talk about their feelings in a safe environment.
2. Make it fun: A great way to get through to your kids may be to turn the situation into a game or fairy tale. Have a family game night where the kids are most comfortable and casually explain the situation. This way the children are calm and more receptive to the news.
3. Be honest: Simply be up front and explain to the kids how you two truly love each other and just because you’re getting married, it doesn’t mean you’ll love them any less. Explain that a second marriage may be different, but different in a good way.
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