It may be easy to offer advice to your co-parent. Obviously the two of you will share stories and information since you share a child together. That being said, some parenting advice is not wanted. This unsolicited advice may be best kept under wraps, especially if your co-parent is an effective and loving parent.
- “You should have…”
- “Why didn’t you…”
- “I can’t believe you didn’t…”
- “I would have…”
This so-called knowledge can in some cases be heard as boasting or being judgmental. Even when you would have handled a situation differently, it may be wise to say nothing. Even if you are simply trying to help, this advice when given in the wrong context can be seen as arrogant and critical. One way to give your “2 cents” is to listen to your co-parent’s ideas first, and add some advice in a caring and non-judgmental way.
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