What would you do/tell a 4-year-old child about their father being in jail? The child doesn't really know that their father is a drug-addict and was arrested for possession and also fraud. They also barely know the father -- but has recently began asking questions about why daddy never comes to see them. They do speak on the phone occassionally and the child believes that dad is "at work." Is it wrong to lie? WOuld you? I do not intend on this person being a part of my life -- but they are insisting that they will be a part of the child's life. He has no visitation rights.
Asked by Anonymous at 5:21 PM on Feb. 14, 2011 in General Parenting
My husband works at a jail and when ever I visit him to bring him something, I see or hear about this problem all the time. Honestly, I would just tell them the truth, because eventually you will have to (especially if he is repeatedly in jail or will be going to prison). Explain it in the simplest terms that daddy did something bad and he is having to take an adult time out. Good Luck!
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Answer by febmom007 at 5:29 PM on Feb. 14, 2011
First do not let them speak on the phone. Sense he has not visitation rights at all. Then just say, the dad does not live where you live and can not come see him/her/them (the kids..
Answer by louise2 at 5:32 PM on Feb. 14, 2011
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