Our expert says:
Its usually more important than people realize, to explain clearly to a child, in words appropriate to their age, why their parents are separating. Its too easy for them to suppose that somehow it's their fault, or that the parent who moves away now doesn't love them for some reason.
And then its natural that she will wonder if things might not have been better if dad had stayed, or just feel that she misses having him around - that's natural, and not something you should let yourself feel guilty about.
Don't get stuck on deciding what to say, rather than just talking about it with her, seeing what she thinks, and responding honestly to that.
And think about talking with her, when this feels easier, about your boyfriend, that as a grow-up woman you will have other friends, and he is no there to replace her dad. She might otherwise find out about him some time without having heard it from you, and that would be less helpful.
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