Enduring a divorce from a narcissistic individual is hard enough, but trying to successfully raise children with one can be even more daunting. However, there are several skills to take on that can help the experience become less grueling. For instance, setting appropriate boundaries should be at the forefront of your mind. When you are spending quality time with your children and your ex tries to guilt trip you or threaten you, it is best to deflect, ignore, and document instead of continuously engaging.
- When you know that you should expect nasty behavior from the narcissist, he or she becomes easier to ignore.
- If the narcissist allows the children to do things that are not safe in order to make you look like the bad guy, then you must take action.
- Your children need your empathy, because they aren’t going to get it from the other parent.
“Most likely, the narcissist refuses to return the grace or flexibility extended to him, so absolve yourself of guilt.”