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A woman is separated from her husband. Her son comes
home from a weekend with his father. Before he greets his mother, he
hesitates for a moment: “Will I tell Mama how much fun I had with Papa?
Will I hurt her feelings? Will my being close to Papa cause me to lose
Mama?”
When a child is involved in the conflicts
between his separated parents, it hurts him. He is agitated and
constantly on guard, keeping his real feelings secret as he tries to
sort out how to please both parents. When he desires the company of
one, he begins to feel guilty for being disloyal to the other. He is
actually deprived of the full experience and enjoyment of both parents’
love.
Research shows that one of the most
important factors in helping children successfully cope with separation
is an ongoing relationship with both parents. American psychologist
Edward Teyber says that the stronger demands for a child to take sides
and choose, the greater his conflict and the more poorly he adjusts to
the separation. But what if the other parent does not live up to his or
her responsibilities? American parenting writer Vicki Lansky says that
as long as the parent is not abusive to the child and is not
endangering his safety, it is important for the child to see the other
parent. There is no need to point out this parent’s shortcomings. The
child will come to his own conclusions as he grows up. Parents need to
prioritize their child’s welfare over their own negative feelings about
their former spouse.
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Managing the Conflicts
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parents thinks that the breakup will end their fights, but are often
horrified to realize that the fights continue after the marriage (and
may even intensify due to issues about the children). Teyber says that
parents need to begin the psychological or internal work of ending
their marriage in order to gain emotional distance from it. The whole
process cannot be done quickly but it will lead to a more cooperative
parental relationship.
How does one start? There are several things to consider:
    One must grieve or mourn.
    Parents need to accept feelings of sadness about unfulfilled hopes and
    dreams for the relationship. Oftentimes, they are filled instead with
    anger and use their child as a weapon in the battle to get even.
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    One must recognize contradictory feelings that get in the way.
    There are good things in a marriage that need to be acknowledged, but a
    spouse might avoid looking at the positive aspects of the relationship
    in order to reduce the pain of being left or lessening the guilt of
    leaving. Out of guilt, a spouse may even dwell on the other parent’s
    weaknesses to prove that the separation was a good decision: “See he
    (she) is really bad.” Some parents may find it hard to separate their
    own feelings from their child’s feelings: “How can you love that
    person? He (she) hurt me so much.”

    One needs to see his own contribution to the problem of the relationship. Parents must stop putting the blame on one another and admit their own share of responsibility for what happened.

Parental Cooperation

To avoid the child getting hurt in their conflicts, parents need to
respect one another and encourage their child to be close to both of
them. If problems arise between them and have to be settled, it should
be done privately.
What if one parent does not
cooperate? It is better if the other parent holds back and refuses to
retaliate. Then the child can be provided the feeling of safety that he
is seeking. Doing so minimizes the risk of problems such as failure in
school or acting out angrily and defiantly.
If
parents realize the ill effects of loyalty conflicts, they will
understand how crucial this issue is for their child. As Teyber says:
“Parents should encourage children to have the best relationship they
possibly can with the other parent. As hard as this can be to do, it is
the most loving gift divorcing (separating) parents can give to their
children.”
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