My husband hit my daughter and I had him arrested. He has a no contact order and I am going to divorce him. I don't know how to explain to her that daddy isn't around. So far I have been telling her that he is at work. He is telling me that if I divorce him, he won't be a part time dad, but I am still divorcing him. I am concerned about how to let my child know that daddy is gone, but at the same time am hoping that this is just a tactic and once he sees I am not changing my mind he will still spend time with my girls. After that extensive background my question is, What do I say, how do I say it so that she doesn't blame herself or hate him?
Dear coping: She is 3? I would just explain that Daddy is having some trouble right now and he had to go away to see if he can get it worked out, but that he loves her and hopefully will be back to spend time with her soon. Keep explaining that he loves her and he's trying his best to be back soon. And then......hopefully he will!
Hope that helps.