Tips for Parenting After Separation
1) Do not expose children to conflict
If there are problems on “change-overs” figure out a better way to handle them (i.e. – using a “contact centre”, getting assistance from friends or relatives, organising pick up and drop off at school where possible). If phone calls inevitably lead to conflict resolve not to talk when the children are around. Most important, respond to verbal attacks by being unwavering in your commitment to be kind and gentle and respectful.
2) Prioritise your own emotional stability
Take care of yourself, because your children know if you are struggling and it makes them fearful and insecure. Try your best to eat well, sleep well and exercise and don’t feel guilty about having fun, going out or having time to yourself. Individual counselling can be a powerful tool for people going through separation, as can things like meditation and yoga. [Read more…]