It’s not attacking the other parent. It’s not making up false allegations. It’s not telling the same lies, time and time again. It’s not making false abuse allegations. It’s not telling anyone who will listen your “woe is me tale.”
Be there. Do what you are supposed to do, every time. Be honest. Be professional. Admit your mistakes and learn from them. Don’t double down on the same bad behaviors that got you into the fight in the first place.
Being a better parent is a lot of work and can be hard, but it’s worth it. Your child deserves it.
Matthew Thompson is a child custody lawyer, a dad, and is encouraging you to be a better parent. Start today. It’s not too late.
Daily, I am contacted about dilemmas concerning what to do and how to do it regarding parenting?
Can he come to the school program?
What happens if she’s late?
The best single piece of parenting advice is;
BE A REASONABLE PARENT ALL THE TIME!
Of course he can go to the school program. Almost anyone can go to the school program. It’s a safe bet that if it’s open to anyone he can go, unless there is a valid Court Order stating otherwise. If she’s running late wait 15 more minutes. Send a text, or bless-it-be, call. See why she’s late. She was late to everything you ever did in 12 plus years of marriage! Why would it be different now?
So, invite your ex to the next event for your child. Go out of your way to be cordial and at least not hostile. Your child wants them there. TEll yourself that you are being the “bigger” person, if you have to. It’s what your children need!
Matthew Thompson is a Family and Child Custody attorney in Mississippi reminding you that acting in your children’s best interests should be your #1 priority!