Parenting Before Parole: 15 Ways to Help Children Deal with the Incarceration of a Parent

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 3.  Be prepared to answer tough questions like, “When is Daddy coming home?”

Children are good for catching you off guard with questions you may not be prepared to answer.It may seem like a child is coping well until they bust out with “Is it my fault that mommy went away?” or “Is Daddy safe in jail?” while you’re in the middle of Walmart. It’s better to wait and answer questions until you’re in the right state of mind than to give children misinformation or biased answers based in your personal feelings.  Make sure to speak in age appropriate terms; older children can handle more detail and realism, while younger children may only understand that a parent misbehaved and has to go to “grown-up time out”. Tell the truth, not fairy tale stories which only make things comfortable temporarily.

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