Many people have expectations for how they expect things to go, this is also true in divorce. You may expect your spouse to follow your rules or for your ex-spouse to either leave you alone completely. In this situation, it is important to not set your expectations too high so you do not end up disappointed. When you work on managing your expectations you can avoid drama and conflict in your co-parenting relationship.
Here are a few tips for helping you learn how to avoid setting your expectations too high, you can use them to create a possibly better relationship with your co-parent:
- Accept Differences
- Negotiate and Compromise
- See Things from Your Co-Parent’s Perspective
- Abide by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
- Give Changes a Chance to Work
- Make No Assumptions
- Make Sure Expectations are Realistic and Reasonable
These tips can help you and your children live a life free of drama. Your co-parenting relationship may not always be perfect, but being realistic may help.
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