Talking to Your Kids About Infidelity
Updated: Feb 25
Dr. Marie Murphy is a Relationship Coach, specializing in helping people who are having affairs make decisions on how to move forward—without judgment. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Sexuality from the University of California, San Diego, and has been teaching sex education since her high school years. Dr. Murphy is also a yoga instructor and has previously taught meditation.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
What do you do if your affair becomes a family matter?
Dr. Murphy’s guideline for what to share with your children about infidelity
Why your spouse’s behavior is not something that is under your control
The importance of boundaries when other members of your family get involved
What it usually means when parents say they are worried about how their infidelity might affect their kids
Dr. Murphy’s advice for supporting your children on a long-term basis after an affair
How to connect with Dr. Marie Murphy
In this episode…
So, you’ve had an affair and your family has found out about it. What now? Before you can even contemplate making a decision, the first thought that runs through your mind is: what about the kids?
It can be incredibly difficult to navigate complex situations such as infidelity when you’re just dealing with yourself and your partner—but add your children into the mix and it can feel downright impossible. While Dr. Marie Murphy says this is completely normal, there is something you’re going to have to examine if you want to come out on the other side alive and ready to thrive: control.
In this episode of Your Secret is Safe with Me, Dr. Marie Murphy is joined by John Corcoran of Rise25 to discuss how to talk with your children about issues that impact your family dynamic—whether that’s infidelity, separation, or anything else. Together, they share how to responsibly start the conversation, what to do when more family gets involved, and Dr. Murphy’s advice for supporting your kids beyond the immediate aftermath. Keep listening!
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