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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 95

It’s better to agree than to be right

Divorce is perhaps the most frequent major crisis for children, at least in the western world, and this Rule is really specifically for parents during divorce (or the equivalent if you’re not actually married). It’s very easy to see divorce as something that happens between two people who were together and aren’t any more. Of course, you know your kids are a factor, but they seem to be in the next sphere of ripples out from the central event.

It’s more realistic to see divorce as something that happens to the whole family, and the kids are as central to it as anyone else. They may not be the ones making the decisions, but they are just as involved. What’s more, however bad divorce is, most parents ...

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