Our expert says:
There are limits to how far one can or should try to shield children from the sad realities of life - they usually see through the pretence, assume things are even worse than they actually are ( its so Awful they don't even dare to tell me about it ! )and then have the added concern that they're being lied to.
The mother, like any separated or divorced parent, needs to learn appropriate boundaries between her problems ( which she should deal with herself ) and those necessarily involving the child
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