Explaining marital problems to a 4 year old.


About 5 days ago, my 4 year old son and I escaped a domestic violence situation. My husband is now in a behavioral health hospital for the unforeseen future and we have been staying at my dad’s home about an hour away from our home. I wasn’t sure how to phrase where we were going and why so I just told him we were going to visit “ pop pop and grammy”. Now the gig is up... he just started asking to go home and I’m not sure how to respond. I’ve pretty much decided that we will be relocating to my dads at least for the next several months but as far as visiting his dad I’m not sure what will be considered safe. Since we’ve left, my son has only spoken to his dad briefly over the phone without incident. How do I explain this to a 4 year old?

Also, should I allow my son to go back to his current preschool for a few more days to allow him closure to say goodbye to his friends and teachers? He has some sweet friendships there and it’s breaking my heart that he will have to leave so abruptly.

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