Divorce Through The Eyes of a Child: Dear Mama and Dad

Mama and Dad, you used to be nice.

Now you’re not and I’m paying the price.

Mama and Dad, you used to live together.

Now you don’t. You’ve left each other forever.


Life is so hard, now that I have to choose.

If I choose your house Dad, will Mama lose?

It’s never easy when a kid has to pick.

If I choose your house Mama, will Dad’s heart be sick?


Think about me and how I feel.

Divorce is not pretend. It’s for real.

Can’t you get along and once more be friends?

Can’t you love each other again the way God intends?

"In America, there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds*. That's nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year." (McKinley Irvin Family Law) Children are affected in many ways. This children's book is a letter written to parents through a child's eyes, to express how divorce makes them feel. It encourages friendship between the mother and father, for the sake of the children.
Annette Bentley Smith is a writer of children’s short stories, rhyming poetry and picture books, for ages 0-4 and 5-9.