Why divorced parents need to show one another respect.
There is no doubt that the break up of a marriage is not easy. What can be easy, is to slip into saying unkind words about the ex in front of children. Experts agree that not only in this unhealthy for kids, but as Sara Dimerman, Author of Character is Key explains, parents are missing out on the opportunity of modeling respect. “Divorce often brings out the worst in parents and in individual adults. This is a time when parents may model disrespect towards one another by, for example, talking badly about the other parent. Or they may not be as fair toward the other a parent, or they may not show as much empathy as they could toward the other parent. And so if parents can really put aside some of that negative emotion and think about how they’re modeling and what they’re doing and what they’re saying about the other parent in front of the child, then they really would be going a long way in modeling appropriate behavior.”
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