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Resolutions divorcing parents should keep

The third week of January is when most people who make New Year’s resolutions ultimately let them go by the waste side. The most common resolution to be dumped is the promise to lose weight. As a matter of fact, only 12 percent of people who make resolutions even achieve their goals. Against such an ominous backdrop, it seems foolhardy to suggest resolutions that apply to caring for children. However, for divorcing parents in Arkansas, they are worthy promises to keep for 2014 and beyond.  This post will highlight a few that should be adopted. 

Try to get along with the other parent – This may be obvious ….or impossible depending on who the person is, or the circumstances behind your breakup. Nevertheless, that person is going to be around for many years to come regardless of your feelings towards him or her. A working relationship with other parent will benefit the child in ways that you may not realize.

Try not to be jealous – It is normal for the other parent (especially if he or she is the non-custodial parent) to plan fun outings and let the child get away with things they wouldn’t be able to pull under your roof. Because of this, the child may be very excited to see him or her, which may make you feel like an old, dusty carpet. Don’t be jealous of the other parent. Being the “fun” parent is what most non-custodial parents aspire to be.

Be civil in social settings – In the same vein as the first resolution, you should promise to be cordial towards the other parent in social settings, especially when he or she brings their new flame in an attempt to push your buttons. 

Source:, “New Year’s resolutions for divorced parents,” Kate Scharff, December 30, 2013

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