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Disengaging from parenting conflicts might help you

Trying to make a parenting relationship with your ex work might not be an easy task. In fact, the inability to work together might be one of the things that led to your divorce. It is still possible to make the parenting relationship work for the children even if you and your ex have different parenting styles.

One thing that you have to do is to learn to separate your ways from your ex's ways. This means that you have to agree to disagree on certain areas. As long as your child isn't suffering, this shouldn't be a huge deal for you or your ex. You might find that disengaging from the conflict reduces your stress considerably.

It can be frustrating to have to keep reminding your child about the rules at your home, but this is what you might have to do if your ex's rules are different from yours. Your kids are likely flexible enough to handle the differences between the homes without any issues. If there are issues, you and your ex may need to reevaluate the differences that are causing problems. Compromise is the key here.

There are some areas in which you might not be able to have different opinions and ways. Your child's education and medical care are two examples of this. Your child's behavior might also fall into this category. You and your ex will need to set clear rules and expectations in these areas. You can have these put into your parenting agreement so that there isn't any question about what needs to happen later.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "Finding a Balance When Parenting Styles Clash," accessed Oct. 20, 2017

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