David Arquette and Courtney Cox have often been caught by the paparazzi walking with adorable daughter Coco on the beach, and that’s where they chose to tell their daughter about their impending split. As any child of divorce knows, and I am one, the moment when you hear your parents are separating is something is seared on your heart, no matter how amicable the setting. Arquette, in an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” this morning, said that he and Cox told their daughter together about the separation.
The 5-year-old wanted to know, understandably, if her mom and dad were getting a divorce. The parents did not say yes or no; they merely told Coco they were trying to figure out what they wanted.
That’s the most reasonable answer you can give a 5-year-old. I was 7 when I found out my parents were splitting, and although I remember being upset, I didn’t fully comprehend what it meant. I’m sure Coco is the same way – so let’s hope the paparazzi can at least give her a break next time she strolls the beach with her parents.
What do you think – is there any easy way to break this news to a child?
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