Teach the Child to “Honor Thy Other Parent”

By Ryan Beason

If you are involved in a divorce case or a case involving child custody, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day present a unique opportunity for either party.

In a family law case, the judge is more likely to award primary conservatorship to the party who demonstrates the best co-parenting skills.

A fundamental concept of our Judeo-Christian society is the Second Commandment. The Second Commandment requires us to “honor thy parents.” Mother’s Day and Father’s Day present a unique opportunity to demonstrate that you are the better parent at teaching your child to honor thy other parent.

For many parties currently involved in a divorce proceeding, the last thing you want to do is to buy a gift and a card for your divorcing spouse. But that is exactly what you need to do! What you are actually doing is helping the child to buy a gift and a card for the other parent. In this manner you are demonstrating excellent co-parenting skills by showing that you understand the importance of honoring both parents. You are demonstrating that you will teach the child to honor and cherish the other parent.

For small children it might even be better to share an experience with your child in making a card for the other parent. Very few things that you could do with your child more clearly indicate that you are better at co-parenting than working with your child to make a Mother’s Day card for his or her mother.

The child will remember the experience for years to come. The other parent will keep the card for a long time. But most importantly, you will be well on your way to demonstrating to the court that you are the better parent in terms of co-parenting skills.

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