I Am So Frustrated By My Spouse’s “Disneyland Parent” Behavior. Is There Anything I Can Do To Stop This?
Feelings of guilt, competition, or remorse sometimes lead a parent to be tempted to spend parenting time in trips to the toy store and special activities. These feelings can result in an absence of discipline in an effort to become the favored parent or to make the time “special.”
Shift your focus from the other parent’s behavior to your own, and do your best to be an outstanding parent during this time. This includes keeping a routine for your child for family meals, bedtimes, chores, and homework. Encourage family activities, as well as individual time with each child, when it’s possible.
During the time when a child’s life is changing, providing a consistent and stable routine in your home can ease his or her anxiety and provide comfort.