Discipline After Divorce

Discipline Downfalls

  • Making snap judgments when you're tired or frustrated. Instead, take a deep breath, count to ten, and think about the message you want to send before you rush to punish.
  • Letting your kids compare your rules to your ex's. Nip this conversation in the bud by telling them matter-of-factly, "That's the way it is here. Dad and I just have different opinions about certain things."
  • Fighting with your ex over trivial things. It's not worth making a big deal about how much candy your kids eat or whether they take a bath every night. Save your energy for more important issues.
  • Giving in because you want your kids to love you. Trying to be your child's friend instead of his parent will backfire when you lose your authority.

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