Submitted by: Mark Banschick M.D.
Some divorced people feel so betrayed or hurt by their ex-spouse that they cannot get over their anger. They may want to retaliate and punish their ex-spouse. These attempts to punish don’t accomplish much, except perhaps making the angry spouse feel good for a brief moment. Kids deserve a “Bill of Rights” because of what they are forced to witness.
A Child’s Bill of Rights
1. Please do not ask me to choose sides between you.
2. Spare me the details of any bitter or nasty legal proceedings.
3. Stop “bad mouthing” each other in front of me.
4. Give me my privacy when talking to my other parent on the phone.
5. Do not cross-examine me after I’ve been with my other parent.
6. I am not your messenger so don’t ask me to play that role.
7. Don’t ever ask me to lie to either one of you.
8. Listen to me when I have something to say.
9. Leave me out of your fighting.
10. Please don’t lay any guilt trips on me, no matter what.
Mark R. Banschick, M.D. is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with over 20 years of experience in child and adolescent psychiatry. The Intelligent Divorce course evolved from his work as an expert witness in custody disputes. Dr. Banschick has appeared on the CBS Early Show and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and firstwivesworld.com.
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