Struggling with parenting disputes? Negotiate to resolve them

Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP

Parenting issues can crop up from time to time, especially if you’re divorced. Maybe one parent has different ideas about punishments when your child doesn’t do well at school or a parent wants to enforce different rules in the home. Whatever the issue is, it’s important that you both get on the same page.

It is never a good idea to have vastly different rule sets in each home, because it’s harder for children to adjust. Instead, you and the other parent should sit down together and talk out the differences that you’d like to address. If you are willing to discuss your reasoning for certain rules in your home, then having a discussion could make it easier to resolve the issues you’re having.

Negotiating is the key to resolving parenting issues

Negotiating is important when you’re raising a child between two homes. You should both sit down and talk through your concerns. For example, if you’re worried that your child isn’t getting enough sleep in the other parent’s home, talk to them about the bedtime schedule you have. They may not have been aware that your child was drowsy when they came to your home or that they were acting out more from being tired. Simply discussing the issues should result in a conversation that allows you both to resolve this problem amicably. A responsible parent in that situation would, in most cases, make their child go to bed at a reasonable time to help resolve the issue.

Not all parenting issues can be resolved that easily. In those situations, you may want to reach out to your attorney for help with resolving your disputes.

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