Co-Parenting Gone Wrong

Clarksville, Tennessee
December 30, 2015 12:01pm CST
A plan was set, and things seemed awesome initially. After a bit of time the plan went in the shredder when the other parent didn't want to communicate clearly and keep the terms of the plan. When he was finally ready to adhere to the plan the kid didn't want to be involved. What do you do when the child is no longer interested in a relationship? Do you force the child since it is a child? Do you give the child freedom of choice? Is the child in any danger or being hurt when they are with the other parent? No, they aren't but they just don't have an interest to be involved. What do you do when co-parenting goes wrong?
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@paigea (22654)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
I did insist my late niece go visit her father. I think it paid off in the end as they developed a great relationship over the years.
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• Clarksville, Tennessee
31 Dec 15
I probably would insist if I knew that the other parent was being a positive role model or spending a lot of time with him when he goes. He really just picks him up, chat with him for a few moments and then drops him off to the grandma. That's one reason why I don't force him because the time isn't being spent building a relationship.
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@paigea (22654)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
@chandrejackson That happened a lot too I am afraid. I still insisted, just as I insisted she do many things she didn't want to do.
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@cpefley (1699)
• Hemet, California
31 Dec 15
I usually give my kids the choice, and so does their father. Three out of five still visit regularly, and one visits occasionally. My oldest waits until he comes to him, but doesn't go to his house or have a close relationship with them. I hated being forced to spend time with my father. It made me uncomfortable.
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• Clarksville, Tennessee
31 Dec 15
I don't think that kids should be forced either. My ex husband tries to force, but I allow freedom of choice. So, if my son says he doesn't want to go- then the discussion is settled as far as I'm concerned.