11 September 2016

Stephen's Story

Children's charity Place2Be and Mishcon de Reya have produced a book written for adults by children on the topic of parental separation.

Splitting Up – A Child's Guide to a Grown Up Problem will shortly be available to buy on Amazon. To get your copy, please send your name, email address and telephone number to All proceeds go to Place2Be.


The Shouting and the Silence

By Stephen, aged 11

When I was younger both my parents were around.  There were a huge amount of arguments between my mum and dad.  When I was in bed I would hear yelling in the sitting room and I stayed awake listening to it.  They did not get on which probably explains where I am now.  Honestly it was quite scary.  There were moments when the rooms were silent and I didn’t know what was going on. It kept happening but we soon discovered I was kind of okay because that stuff was normal.  I felt confused, really, really confused.  I kept asking myself why is this happening.

From the book

Splitting up: A Child’s Guide to a Grown Up Problem

Created by

Mishcon de Reya


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