Of course, we all know this. None of us would disagree. But when two parents are embroiled in a contentious divorce or parenting dispute, it can be easy to forget. So just remember this: What we say about the other parent, in the heat of anger, can cut our children like a knife, and leave lasting wounds.
Here are some words of wisdom, from a Minnesota judge. Although the words were spoken many years ago, they are timeless.
This is what he said:
"Your children have come into this world because of the two of you. Perhaps you two made lousy choices as to whom you decided to be the other parent. If so, that is your problem and your fault.
No matter what you think of the other party - or what your family thinks of the other party -- these children are one-half of each of you. Remember that, because every time you tell your child what an 'idiot' his father is, or what a 'fool' his mother is, or how bad the absent parent is, or what terrible things that person has done, you are telling the child half of him is bad.
That is an unforgivable thing to do to a child. That is not love. That is possession. If you do that to your children, you will destroy them as surely as if you had cut them to pieces, because that is what you are doing to their emotions.
I sincerely hope that you do not do that to your children. Think more about your children and less about yourselves, and make yours a selfless kind of love, not foolish or selfish, or your children will suffer."
Judge Michael Hass*
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*(Source: Huffington Post)