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Bashing Your Ex Hurts Massachusetts Children

We all do it from time to time. Make a sarcastic comment about our Massachusetts ex, criticizeChildren 43.jpg something they did or didn't do, gesture or grimace our faces when referring to our former Massachusetts spouse. When we do it in front of, near or within hearing distance of our children, we set ourselves up for a hornet's nest of problems. We have all heard this, but it's easy to forget or let slide. It hurts our children when they hear one of their parents put down the other. This is so even if your child does not say anything about it. With rare exceptions, children innately feel they are part of both parents. They love them both even when that love isn't returned to them in the same way. When you put down their other parent your children are likely to interpret it as a put-down of part of them. When both parents are guilty of this behavior, it can create a sense of unworthiness and low self-esteem. "Something's wrong with me" becomes the child's unconscious belief.. I know it's challenging some times not to criticize your ex, especially when you feel totally justified in doing so. Find a friend or therapist to vent to. Don't do it around your children. And, whenever possible, find some good things to say about their other parent - or hold your tongue. The lesson here is simple. Destructive comments about your ex can impact your children in many negative ways. It creates anxiety and insecurity. It raises their level of fear. It makes them question how much they can trust you and your opinions - or trust themselves. And it adds a level of unhappiness into their lives that they do not need ... or deserve! When you have a problem with your ex, take it directly to them and not to or through the children. Don't exploit a difficult relationship, or difference of opinion with your ex, by editorializing about him or her to the kids. It's easy to slip - especially when your frustration level is mounting. Listen to and monitor your comments to the children about their other parent. · Are you hearing yourself say: "Sounds like you picked that up from your Dad/Mom." · Do you make a negative retort about their behavior and end it with "just like your father/mother." · Do you frequently compare your ex with other divorced parents you know making sure the kids get the negative judgment? · Do you counter every positive comment your child makes about your ex with, "Yeah, but ..." and finish it with a downer? · Do you make your children feel guilty for having had fun visiting the other parent or liking something in their home? · Do you throw around biting statements like "If Mom/Dad really loved you ..." · Do you try to frighten or intimidate your kids during a disagreement by saying "If you don't like it here, then go live with your Mom/Dad? It's easy to fall into these behavior patterns and they can effectively manipulate your children's behavior for the short-term. But in the long run you will be slowly eroding your personal relationship with the children you love and alienating their affection. This will bite you back in the years to come, especially as your children move into and through their teens. As a parent you want to raise children with a healthy sense of self-worth. You want children who are trusting and trust-worthy ,,, who are open to creating loving relationships in their lives. It's not divorce per se that emotionally scars children. It's how you, as a parent, model your behavior before, during and after your divorce. If you model maturity, dignity and integrity whenever challenges occur, that's what your children will see and the path they will take in their own relationships. You can't make life choices for them, but you sure can influence their choices and perceptions about the world when they are young and vulnerable! Minding your tongue around your children can be one of the most difficult behaviors to master after a Massachusetts divorce. It is also one of the behaviors that will reap the greatest rewards in the well-being of your family. Don't let anger, bitterness and indiscriminate remarks affect and harm your children. Keep a "conscious" diligence on your commentary and your ex is more likely to follow suit, as well. If he or she doesn't, your kids will naturally pick up on the different energy and gravitate toward the parent taking the high road. Ultimately that parent will win their respect and admiration. Shouldn't that be you?

Want a Healthy Massachusetts Relationship - Follow These Digital Rules

It's impossible to separate the digital world from the one you build with your Social Media 18.jpgpartner. Massachusetts couples check their smartphones about 46 times a day which can make the devices feel like a third party in a relationship.

How to Maintain A Relationship With Massachusetts Grandkids Amid Estrangement

Being a Massachusetts grandparent often means passing along traditions, makingFamily 55.jpg memories and building family bonds. But this isn't the reality for many families, especially those affected by estrangement.

IRS Tax Tip: Massachusetts Parents Who Adopt Can Benefit From This Valuable Tax Credit

Massachusetts taxpayers who adopted or started the adoption process during 2019 IRS-image.pngshould review the rules around the adoption credit. While the amount of the credit increases for qualified taxpayers, the rules remain the same.

How Your Relationship With Your Mom Can Predict Your Massachusetts Child's Success

A growing body of psychological research shows that Massachusetts parent-child communicationChildren 40.jpg is important for promoting children's success. Conversations are a fundamental way in which children develop cognitive and language skills.

Misconceptions About Parenting Plan Schedules for Massachusetts Infants

The approach of Massachusetts parents and family law professionals to creatingBaby stuff.jpgcustody schedules for infants has evolved considerably over the past few decades. As research into early childhood development and the effect of divorce on children has advanced, the complexity and detail put into developing infant visitation schedules have also bloomed.

Massachusetts Landlords: Be Wary If You Charge Tenants For Water!

Many Massachusetts landlords are unaware that before charging tenants for hot water and sewer tap1-image.jpgservice, they must comply with the numerous requirements of the Massachusetts Water Sewer Sub-Metering Law. These requirements include having separate water meters for each unit, installation of low flow faucets and toilets by a licensed plumber, and certification with the local health board, among other requirements outlined below. Non-compliance with this law may result in a three month rent penalty to the landlord plus payment of the tenant's attorneys fees.

Difference Between IRA and 401(k) Early Withdrawals for Massachusetts Couples

The golden rule of retirement planning is to leave your nest egg alone until you'reRetirement 9.jpg retired. But life happens, and if you find yourself in need of cash, it pays to know the difference between an IRA and a 401(k).

IRS Tax Tip: How the credit for dependents can benefit Massachusetts taxpayers

Massachusetts taxpayers with dependents may qualify to claim a few different taxTax law.jpg credits. One of these is the child tax credit. The child tax credit benefits people whose dependent meets a series of tests. If the dependent doesn't meet those qualifications, the taxpayer may be able to claim the credit for other dependents.

Massachusetts Parenting Schedules: How to Pick a Routine for Your Family

For Massachusetts co-parents, deciding on a parenting schedule is one of the mostCalendar 6.jpg significant measures to take soon after a divorce or separation. More than just overnights, parents must consider many aspects of their kids' schedules like school events, medical appointments, meal times, extracurriculars, holidays, bedtimes, and more.

How to Walk Away From Messaging a Massachusetts Co-Parent

Events thrown into chaos, conflict sprouting from everyday conversations,Social Media web.jpg and Massachusetts children being used as messengers - these are all symptoms of when parents lose sight of the true purpose of co-parenting communication: raising happy children in a healthy environment.

Boys of Divorced Massachusetts Parents Twice as Likely to Be Obese

Researchers have discovered a possible link between Massachusetts divorce anObesity.jpgd childhood obesity, especially among boys. The researchers looked at health data from school nurses on more than 1,000 third grade kids (about 8 years old) at 127 different schools in the Scandinavian country.

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