Monday, February 18, 2008

Tips for Dealing with the Other Parent

I liked Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents from South Carolina Family Law Blog so well that I copied the entire list. I would add these apply to paternity cases, too. The list is:

  • Try to make your dealings with your child's other parent as pleasant as you can -- even if he or she doesn't.
  • If your ex knows how to get under your skin and uses this knowledge unfairly, resolve to keep your cool anyway.
  • Bring a friend with you when you have to see your ex in person, as the mere presence of another person often calms the mood.
  • Don't hang on to old resentments, especially when your children are present.
  • Take time to calm down and remind yourself that the remaining connection to your ex is solely about the welfare of your children.
  • Bite your tongue when you are tempted to speak ill of your ex in front of the kids.
  • Talk to your ex about how to handle discipline, school projects, health-care matters, extracurricular activities and other situations you both need to have input on.

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