PARENTING AND CHILDREN: My Mom always repeated this verse to me - "As the scripture teaches, `Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ' (Prov. 22:6.) Now I understand why there were rules in the home and discipline when the rules were broken. I broke some of the rules and I remember the outcome. Even to this day if I am tempted to do something I shouldn't, I am certain she has a switch and will use it on me. Good children come from strong moms.
Today I see too many divorces where children are involved and rules get put to the side because the parent doesn't want to be the bad parent. This creates conflict and the child gets to rule, they learn how to play the game of guilt against both parents. Until both parents set the rules and agree to them, so there is consistency, the same problems will always be there. Oh, the child will say sorry, but they use sorry to still get what they want. And the parents send messages through the parent creating greater conflict and anger.
Both parents need to sit down with a mediator and work out a parenting plan. Families don't divorce, only adults do. If you don't have a parenting plan in place, the rules are understood, and the child understands the rules, conflict will continue. - Michael Lodge - Certified Mediator
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Michael Lodge is a Nationally Certified Professional Mediator specializing in business disputes, as well as family conflicts. He has written three books and hosts an international podcast on IHeartRadio and other podcast media stations.