Value Your Kid’s Other Parent
If that is your wife, husband, partner or significant other, show your fondness and respect by speaking in positive and supportive ways. Model respectful behavior by not interrupting him or her and listening attentively. If you have another perspective, that’s great, just voice it in a diplomatic way.
If their other parent is your divorced or estranged spouse, you can continue to show respect by keeping your kids out of and away from adult differences or conflicts. If you are angry, I encourage you to work through those feelings. Your kids deserve to have an uncomplicated relationship with both parents, not cluttered with adult stuff.
My grandma used to say, “If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all.” While that may not always be the best course of action, her words may help as a guide to filter what we (me included!) say.