Dealing with divorce is difficult for any couple but when children are involved, things can get a lot more complicated. In an interview with ABC News, Kim Kardashian opened up about how she was finding divorce and co-parenting when four young children are involved.
Divorce and co-parenting with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: what is the story?
Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West back in February 2021. Despite their difficulties (the Independent reports that they have been “embroiled in a legal battle” since then), Kardashian says that she wants to “take the high road”, even though it’s not always easy.
“You wanna take the high road, and sometimes it’s hard, but I think that at the end of the day everyone has their own way of communicating,” Kardashian revealed in the interview.
When it comes to discussing divorce with the couple’s children, she said that she is “really open and honest”. However, with two of the children very young (one is four years old, the other two), she admits that they “don’t understand as much”.
“You just have to have a really open dialogue with your children.”
The Skims founder said that they “will always be a family” and that she wants her children “to be happy and healthy and think the world of their dad, and they do”.
She revealed she and Kanye West still talk on a daily basis about their children.
Earlier this year, Kardashian appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. During the interview, the host praised her for being protective of Kanye West through their divorce and the comments he has made publicly about their family.
“I think that’s just who I am and I always had such a good example in my mom and my dad and their relationship”, she explained. “So I’m always just hopeful and no matter what goes on, it’s the father of my kids. I’ll always be protective.”
Divorce and co-parenting: it’s different for every family
Managing divorce and co-parenting can be challenging. Being open and honest with children about what is happening and how it will affect their lives, in an age-appropriate way, is important.
Taking the high road may not always be easy, particularly if the other parent is acting in a way you don’t agree with or even refuses to communicate with you at all.
In reality, every family and every family member will find their way through the divorce process in their own way and their own time.
However, there are things that you can do to help:
1. Break the news together, if possible – showing a united front when explaining your divorce to your children can help to ease any worries that they may have about one parent not being there for them in the future.
2. Keep communication lines open – encourage your children to talk about how they are feeling and encourage them to ask questions. This way, you can hopefully deal with any worries or anxieties before they grow into something bigger.
3. Get help if you need it – if you are unable to reach an agreement about child arrangements between yourselves, consider methods such as mediation or solicitor-led negotiations before engaging in stressful and costly court battles.
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