We all say things we regret from time to time, but there is no more crucial time for parents to mind their words than during a Massachusetts divorce. Not only can the things they say come back to haunt them in divorce court, but, more importantly, they can harm children and the people around you. So if you're feeling frustrated, fed up or ready to explode, take a deep breath, count to ten and, above all, bite your tongue because there are things you should never, ever say.
Being there isn't enough - a good Massachusetts dad is a present dad. That means savoring every moment with your child, putting away your smartphone, and living mindfully. Alas, like anything worthwhile, it takes practice. Lots of practice. "Presence is focusing on right now, rather than having your awareness on something in the future, or worrying about the past," marriage and family according to therapist David Klow. "It's training our minds to focus on the depth of the moment rather than fleeing to go somewhere else."
You might not be familiar with the term, but chances are either you or your Massachusetts friends are "guilty" of it. Sharenting refers to parents oversharing information and pictures of their children on social media. Sounds a little bit more familiar now, doesn't it? This infographic looks at sharenting and parenting so you can see what kind of parent you are.
A Massachusetts divorce can be a long process, with a lot of complicated feelings, but there's still a chance to avoid the worst acrimony of the situation, particularly when it comes to raising a child between two separate households. Introducing a child to the new reality of a two-home lifestyle is tricky. And doing so gracefully requires a strong foundation of cooperation between parents who've moved their separate ways.
Supervised parenting time allows parents to build healthy foundations for future relationships with their Massachusetts children, and offers opportunities for healing past issues in a safe environment. Because of the importance of supervised parenting time, parents may end up feeling as if their entire relationship with their children is riding on how these parenting times progress. It's no wonder that the hours, or even days, leading up to parenting time can be filled with fretting about what to do or what to say.
If one of the reasons why your Massachusetts marriage ended was due to your spouse being a narcissist, you probably hoped that things would get better for you and your children after your divorce. In many ways they might have since your daily life is no longer filled with turmoil. However, many parents who try co-parenting with a narcissistic ex-spouse soon realize it doesn't work any better than being married to them.
During a Massachusetts divorce, there's a lot of paperwork, red tape, and headaches to battle through. Chief among these is figuring out how to go about the business of raising kids across two households. No matter what the circumstances are, experts all agree that it is crucial that divorcing parents come up with a co-parenting agreement. In essence, the agreement is a written document that outlines point by point how the parents will raise the children once the divorce is finalized. This encompasses everything from dividing up when the children will be with each parent to day-to-day things like bedtimes, school schedules and activities.
Many experts agree that shared custody (responsibility) is the best divorce outcome for Massachusetts families. In order for both parents to be as involved in their children's lives as possible, many turn to parenting plans. A well-drafted plan has the ability to put in writing the agreements made by both parties regarding the raising and care of a couple's children.