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WORK IT OUT: Part one – a situation going badly
in Short course: “Getting It Right for Children”

You’ve just seen a situation going badly. Look at the ways in which Josh was put in the middle and think how he might be feeling.

  • Messenger. Parents often use their children to pass on information about money or arrangements. Being a messenger between parents can make children feel caught in the middle.

  • Witness. Seeing or hearing conflict between parents is very stressful for children. They may worry that if you can stop loving each other, you might stop loving them too.



Think about a situation in the past when negotiation was difficult and how you might do it better next time. Make a plan about what you might do next time you have to negotiate and update your goals to help you remember and check your progress.

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