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.
Unless there are serious issues such as domestic violence or substance abuse that prevent one parent from sharing in the parental responsibilities, you will most likely still be joined together when it comes to the raising of your children, so here are a few tips to help you navigate this new relationship with your former spouse.
If both parents are fit, co-parenting — an arrangement in which both parents share the duties of raising a child — is preferred by professionals. Here are some of the pros and cons of a co-parenting relationship.
Guardian ad litem is a person whom 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 in a case that involves them.