Separated parents in dispute are good at goading each other to behave inappropriately. Then when one parent does behave inappropriately, that parent excuses the behavior as provoked by the other. This is next followed by retaliatory behavior excused on the basis of the other parent starting it! And so it goes.
When we look at the children of parents in these circumstances, we often see bullying and teasing as part of the child’s repertoire of behavior, creating disturbances at home, school and community.
Find out more about this damaging behavior by checking out this link to Gary Direnfeld’s article:
Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW