Denise Baier, LMHC
May 02, 2019
Parenting plans, Reduce conflict, Childhood, Divorce
How does a parenting plan reduce conflict? A parenting plan reduces conflict by making sure both parents and children know what they are going to do and when they are going to do it.
What is a parenting plan? A parenting plan is simply a schedule. In some states you may be required to have one, or your judge may ask you to do it. Even if it is not required, things will go smoother if you have one. You have to set a schedule and plan around that schedule. Life does not follow your parenting schedule. Family and friends will not be following your schedule. Your child’s friends don’t consult you when they wish to schedule a birthday party.
How do you handle conflicts with your parenting schedule? Be flexible and consider what the event or activity will mean for your child. Ask yourself what could be the impact on your child’s growth? If the event is important you should do everything you can to make it happen.
Creating a parenting plan also teaches your child that routines are good. Being flexible and cooperative helps reduce conflict while offering your kid the best childhood experience.
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