Keys for Kids

Parent Minute

Don’t let your kids divide and conquer you.

Posted on 8/20/2017 by Greg Yoder

Deep down, our kids really want Mom and Dad to be in love and on the same page. But, sometimes, they test us. They go to one or the other and complain about our spouses. Don’t get mad, though. Listen. If they have a point, tell them you’ll discuss it with your spouse. When you do, do it behind closed doors and away from listening ears, okay? Then resolve it—either through clarification, discipline, an apology, or whatever else is appropriate. We shouldn’t bury our heads in the sand when our kids complain about our spouses—but don’t allow them to come between us, either. While kids should honor their parents, we as parents shouldn’t provoke our kids, either.

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