How can I effectively discipline my child post-divorce?

Divorced parents in Michigan may find shared custody arrangements challenging. While it is thought to be the best solution for a child’s development, things like discipline can be complex when exes can’t come to an agreement. That’s why VeryWellFamily.com offers the following tips on how you can discipline your child after divorce.

Don’t treat your child as a victim

While it’s true that divorce can affect kids emotionally, that doesn’t mean you should slack on the rules. If you worry about your child’s emotional development, a counselor or therapist might be a good idea. However, try to keep emotions and misbehavior separate to prevent creating a victim mentality within your child. 

Be consistent

Kids need structure more than ever after their parents’ divorce. Structure offers security, which many children worry about after their parents split up. While the rules may deviate from home to home, make sure yours remain consistent. As an example, if your child is on punishment before a trip to your ex’s house, make sure the punishment still stands when your child returns.

Don’t strive to be the favorite parent

Children are much savvier than one would think. If you bend the rules for your kid in order to be the favored parent, he or she may use this as an advantage. Not only can this impact your child’s relationship with your ex, who will now be looked at as the strict parent, it can also create an environment bereft of rules and responsibilities. You can be kind yet firm, especially when the decisions you’re making in are in the best interest of your child. Also, be honest about bad behavior. Covering it up will only cause the issue to be even more contentious.

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