Telling your children about divorce will be one of the most critical presentations of your life. What you say now will forever impact the well-being of your children. Unfortunately, findings show that the memory of being told about divorce is something that sticks with children.
Ok, let’s face it, comedy is extremely subjective. What makes one-person laugh might make another cringe and still another yawn. There are a ton of resources out there that rank best family comedy movies, from Time Out Group to Rotten Tomatoes to IMDB to what’s on Netflix.
We can sum this up in one word: easy. Co-parenting is not easy. Parenting is already no cakewalk, and when you add in the stress of a raising a child together after a divorce or separation, it’s a situation ripe for tension and disagreements.
In family court, guardian ad litem (or GAL as they are sometimes referred) is a person who the court appoints to act as an independent investigator and make recommendations as to what solutions would be in the best interests of a child or person with a disability. Guardian means a person who acts to protect or help someone. Ad litem means for the lawsuit.
There is a lot to consider for a co-parenting relationship to be successful. The most important thing is good communication between both parents. You must communicate frequently and document all decisions you make together about your children.
Worrying comes with the territory when it comes to parenting. Your grandparents worried about the type of music your parents listened to on the radio. Your parents were worried about what you were watching on the television. And today you must contend with technology, mainly those pesky, pocket-sized light boxes that glue kids’ butts to the couch and eyes to the screens.
Vacuuming. Cleaning your bedroom. Emptying the dishwasher. Mowing the lawn. These are just a few of the many household chores to get done. Who does them in your house? Do the kids help?
Positive parenting builds healthier relationships between parents and children. The approach makes parents more sensitive, responsive and consistent in their interactions with their children, and it makes children happier, more optimistic and more intrinsically motivated to choose the behaviors that parents prefer.
It’s certainly not the fairy tale any parent expects to be reading to his or her children before bed, but sometimes the story of divorce must be told. Books and stories about other children’s experiences dealing with a divorce or a separation can be a helpful tool to assist kids in understanding what is happening within their own family, how the process of divorce works, how they are not alone in this experience, and finally, how to talk about their feelings.