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Parenting: Protecting Your Child After a Divorce

Divorces can affect more than just your relationship with your ex-spouse. They can also affect your relationship with your kids. And as much as you don’t want it to affect things with your kids, sometimes it’s inevitable. But just because it can affect your children doesn’t mean you can’t help make things better for them. Yes, despite being divorced, you can still be a good parent to your kids. There are just a few things that you’ll have to work out. If you want some help figuring things out, read on and maybe you might be able to pick up a thing or two.

Don’t Bring Your Problems to Them

One very important thing you can do to still be a good parent despite a divorce would be to keep all your problems with your spouse between you and your spouse. Your kids shouldn’t be on the receiving end of any of your divorce problems. The minute you bring your problems with your spouse to your kids, that’s when you start to damage your relationship with your kids unnecessarily. You might make them think that the divorce was their fault, which they don’t deserve.

Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Kids

You shouldn’t let the divorce allow you to neglect your relationship with your kids. In fact, you’ll need to work double on your relationship with your kids because of it. Make sure you still keep on investing in your relationship with your kids. Let them know you still love them even if you and your spouse couldn’t work it out. Show them that you don’t love them any less. Show them you’ll still be able to love them in the best way you can, even if you’re a single parent. The earlier and the stronger the relationship you have with your children, the better you guys will be when dealing with the problems that might come up later on.

Don’t Let Your Parenting Suffer

In relation to the two previous points, you shouldn’t allow the quality of your parenting to suffer because of the divorce. Being a single parent will be hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You can still be a great parent to them, but things might get a little more challenging. Also, remember that you also don’t have to do your parenting alone. If you and your ex still have a civil relationship, you can both still find a way to both be good parents to them. If not, you can also get help from family. The point is you shouldn’t let being a single parent limit you from being a good parent.

Being a parent single parent will take a lot of work. You’ll also have to be extra careful in the beginning, making sure you don’t make your problems with your divorce carry over into your relationship with your kids. But once you get the hang of it, things will get easier to deal with.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at timothy.hutton@austintexaslegal.com

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