How to help children handle separation of parents

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The way that I handled our separation was I just kept everything upbeat in the normal routine. We had to move so I just announced it as a special journey. “Let’s go. We’re going to go on a special journey.” They, for a 4 and 5-year-old, were excited as long as I was excited and the times that they felt like they missed their dad, I would usually say, “Come one. Let’s send dad a special hug through prayer” and we’d pray for him and they’d be fine. Whenever they saw their dad, I just, “Oh, go run to your dad.” I invited him out when we went to the park and so everything just seemed normal to them as long as I kept myself in check and upbeat and not frustrated with what was going on.

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Maria Elena Cruz

Mom & Art Curator

Maria Elena Cruz is an active artist and curator, and the mother of two children, aged five and seven. She has taught art for 15 years, and believes that art can help children’s development and ease them through difficult times of transition – something she has experience with firsthand. During the day she teaches at Optimist High and in the evening she teaches watercolor, mixed media art, and figure drawing at UCLA. Maria also directs a project called, “The Pulse,” where she invites the community to paint to the rhythm of drums. Maria also recently began a nonprofit, Dial Art that serves communities in multiple ways through art. Her children are happily involved in most of her art programs. Her son, Clarence, age seven, has been learning to play the trumpet for two years and is involved with the science academy. Her daughter, Amara, age five, is involved with gymnastics and the science academy.

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