I have a question! Please help answer, if you can/want to. :)

So I want to ask...
Is a small child around 4 to 6 years old too young to be given an explanation as to the reason why her mother left her when she was a baby?
The situation that required her mother to leave was that she was forced and threatened to leave and leave her child and the child's father (S.O) by his family without her S.O knowing. His family was very wealthy and had quite a lot of influence in the place they lived, so she was a bit helpless at the time. She has many regrets and when she meets her S.O again (like later on), she explains what happened back then and the reason she left. Her S.O understood and allowed her to meet their child.
Here I am a little confused whether they need to explain or not to their child. Of course not in detail because she probably wouldn't understand. But should there still be an explanation? If so, what's the best explanation? How to explain it?

Thank you in advance! ^^

Note : this is a part of the plot for a story, so it's not real. XD

p.s. I feel a bit silly to ask this tbh. 🙈
mstyper
8 months ago
@curiousdaffodil Thanks for seeing it in that perspective, and you're welcome. Happy belated new year to you too, and have a great writing journey! =)
curiousdaffodil
8 months ago
@mstyper It was useful advice. At least it gives me a different perspective. I'm not around kids that much, so I don't really know their behaviours. XD
Thank you again! And happy (belated?) new year to you too! ^^
mstyper
9 months ago
@curiousdaffodil You're most welcome, though, I'm not sure if they would truly be of use. =) Happy writing, and happy new year!
curiousdaffodil
9 months ago
@mstyper Oh, thank you so much for your insight. This does help me! I'm just worried if the situation was too complicated for a young child to understand, but I guess it was possible. Hahaha
Thank you again for your opinion! ^^
mstyper
9 months ago
Hello, I hope you don't mind my giving my personal opinion and not a professional opinion. Feel free to disregard this. For starters, I want to say it depends on how you're going to write that child character (In other words, if you make it that the child character understood this complex reasoning, then if s/he does grow up, his/her character/personality should maintain that kind of intellect/sensitivity. But there's no harm in not making that child not understanding the situation because all children yearn for a "complete" family.) For me, I have a child character in one of my stories, and I've based him off of a close friend's nephew, who was around 2 to 3 years old. I've seen him personally and have had many chances to interact with him, and he's very intelligent and sensitive than kids his age, so it was easy for me to base off my child character off him. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that it really comes down to how you write your character. Generally speaking, at the age of 4-6, children should be able to communicate, but the pacing of communication and understanding varies from person to person. =) I hope this helps. If not, I do apologize. Happy writing, and good luck!