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Committed: The Ties that Bond

with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

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Explaining Divorce To Your Kids

Categories: divorce, marriage

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My husband and I aren’t divorced — and never plan to divorce — but as my kids are getting older, they’ve become more aware that not all marriages stay intact. My parents have both been married multiple times, and some of their friends have parents who now live in two houses.

There have been questions about why people get divorced and I don’t have much of an answer, because I don’t know the story. What I do tell them is that there are times when people decide that breaking up is better for them than staying together. This leads to them asking if their Dad and I will get a divorce, to which we reply with an emphatic no. We’re committed to forever, and continually work on our marriage to keep it vibrant and alive. We share the same faith, the same values, the same sense of humor, and the same fierce love of our kids and our family of five.

This is where I’d love to hear from those of you who have gone through a divorce. What do you tell your kids when they ask? And what do you feel is the best response that I can give my kids when they ask, so that they can be sensitive with their friends whose parents are divorcing?

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