Stephen's Story

Posted on 11 September 2016

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 friends@place2be.org.uk. 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

Place2Be

Voices in the Middle

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