As your divorce moves towards being finalized in Florida, you face the reality of taking an uncertain future and making it your own. If you have had children with your ex, you may feel even more pressure to make a life-altering situation into something hopeful and promising.
One area that may feel the effects of a broken marriage is your efforts to parent your children. With or without the support of your ex, it is critical that you continue to parent the best you know how to provide stability and empowerment for your children. Parenting can feel strained if you have sole custody of your children in that you are raising your children completely alone and without the support of another parental unit. It can feel equally but differently strained if you have the help of your ex because the two of you may have conflicting views on how parenting should be done.
According to Empoweringparents.com, one important tip to remember is that consequences are still an integral part of your parenting efforts. If you feel guilt for giving consequences because of what has happened, it will be difficult for your children to learn important lessons. If you are consistent in showing them that you are serious about respect, they will learn over time to follow your rules.
Make your best effort at not putting your children in the middle of disagreements between you and your ex. If you need to communicate with your ex, go directly to him or her and not through your children. Reassure your children that you are still capable of loving and taking care of them. Refrain from speaking ill of your ex or his or her parenting style. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.