Christina McGhee is a world leader protecting children and educating parents on how to coparent. Her book is full of insightful information to help you know how to help your children. Today we will look at the difficulties in coparenting with a narcissist. Here is her book – Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids – https://amzn.to/3Fa14dV If you’ve made it through the divorce with a narcissist, you know that narcissistic people pride themselves on how dirty and nasty they can get. Many experts believe that narcissists enjoy ruining others because any suffering they can perpetrate proves that they are in control. That gives them supply. After speaking with thousands of men and women who have gone through the ‘war of a lifetime’ by divorcing a narcissist, my heart really goes out to those who have children with them. The front line has moved from the courtroom to the end of their own driveway as they pick up their kids. Being blindsided with affidavits, false accusations, and other parents looking at you funny when you pick up the kids at school will likely be part of your life until things calm down. While you won’t know when these things might happen, you can learn to expect this nasty behavior and create a solid defensive reaction plan so that when they do, you are not thrown into a tailspin that leaves you not wanting to get out of bed. It’s the stealth surprise of most things that creates havoc. Expect the nasty backhanded remarks and character attacks, but also know your truth. Understand that the narcissist will typically attack your greatest strengths. If you are a great mom or dad, expect them to tell the world you are not. It’s in the expectation of this ambush where you will find your strength. They are doing this to smear your name, but also to pump themselves up as the good parent in the eyes of whomever they are smearing you to. Narcissists need to blame someone else and deflect from the abusive behaviors they are exhibiting. Sadly, for now, you are the one to take the brunt of this blame and shame. Hi! My Name is Tracy A. Malone, founder of Narcissist Abuse Support and I’m here to help! 🙂
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