It starts when the children are young, with something small. One parent will say, “pick up the toys or they are mine.” The other parent will pick up the toys for them. Children learn quickly from these lessons and whether you are married or divorced it’s important to form parenting partnerships and avoid either one of you being labeled the “good cop” or “bad cop.”
Accentuate the positive. You probably do agree on something when it comes to parenting. Maybe you both agree that certain manners should be followed, like saying please and thank you or using table manners whether you are eating at home or dining out. You know you can agree on those things, so identify a number of other parenting partnerships you can form.
Stop the surprises. There are some things that are simply “non-negotiable . . . continue reading Parenting partnerships: Tips for avoiding ‘good cop, bad cop’