Listed below are eight actions and behaviors parents often use to help continue parenting effectively after separation. We have found using these actions and behaviors allows parents to reduce conflict and promote a positive environment for their child/children. As you read through, consider which actions or behaviors you use already and which ones you have trouble using.
- Keep my feelings out of the discussion when talking to the other parent; stay focused (when speaking to him/her) on parenting decisions for our child/children.
- Find a way to “release” my anger or frustration (e.g. shooting hoops; yoga)
- Stop myself from “bad-mouthing” the other parent in front of the child/children.
- Stop expressing a wish that the other parent is not involved in the child/children’s lives.
- Take more time to listen to the child/children (without distractions) and try to understand what they are saying.
- Stop telling my co-parent about problems or changes that occur with the child/children when they are with me.
- Handle communications better with the other parent: stop myself from asking the child/children to send messages for me.
- Focus more on the child’s experiences after a “visit”; stop myself from asking the child/children to tell me what the other parent is doing.
After you have read through the list, you will be asked to pick the ONE action or behavior that you would like to improve on the most.
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