Talking to a Child About an Absent Father

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Talking to a child about an absent father is going to be a difficult experience. Learn how to best talk to a child about an absent father with help from a family case worker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina Gavenda at, and today I'm going to talk about how to talk to your child about an absent father. This is a really painful topic for any child, and it's so important that you regularly invite your child into an honest conversation about their feelings and what their struggling with during this really painful time in their lives. It's important to remind them that it's not their fault, and that they didn't do anything to make their father go away. It's also very important to not push issues of what you think that they need to talk about. If you continually invite them into open, honest conversation, and that you're open an honest with, then they will eventually talk to you. If they don't, and behavior problems arise, then it's probably a good idea to invite somebody else into the conversation, somebody who has experience walking with families with similar issues, and who is compassionate and caring. It's also so vitally important that you as their primary care giver, is respectful of the missing father. No matter the reason why they're gone, or whether or not they were a good role model, that person is still an important and loved person in the child's life. Even if the child is angry, or says that they hate that person, they're still their parent, and underneath all of that, they still love them. Be respectful, be kind, but be honest. And don't take it as an opportunity to push someone down to lift you up, because in the end, you're the one who will lose that battle. Thanks so much for watching, my name is Christina Gavenda, and today we talked about how to talk to your child about an absent father.


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