Common mistakes divorced parents make

Although the U.S. divorce rate has been steadily declining for the past three decades, it’s still a common occurrence among modern families.

Here is a list from Web MD of the top 5 mistakes divorced parents make:

  • Making your child the messenger - Having your child negotiate on you and your ex’s behalf puts unnecessary stress on the child. Opt for child related conversations with your ex on the phone or via email instead.
  • Making your child your therapist - Badmouthing your ex in front of your kids makes them feel bad - if you need to vent, which you probably do, enlist a licensed therapist, or good friend.
  • Pretending to "get" your kid - Allow your children to feel how they feel. Focus on their feelings and always listen.
  • Giving the third degree - You may want to know exactly how your kid spent her weekend away - or nothing at all. Rather than grilling your child or not allowing them to speak about it... ask a few general questions and then let it go.
  • Not repairing any damage you’ve done - Divorce hurts, and unfortunately kids feel the pain. An apology goes a long way. If you’ve made mistakes, own up to them and try to make a change for the better.

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