What your ex partner thinks about you: Does it matter?
It’s not that surprising that many people worry about what their ex partner thinks of them. Some of the things they worry about includes:
- Whether he/she thinks they are a good parent.
- Whether he/she values them as a good parent.
- Whether he/she sees them as an equal parent.
- What he/she will think about various aspects of the child’s life. Food. Activities. Who they interact with.
There’s something worth remembering about this.
What the ex thinks doesn’t matter. What they do (if it affects your child and/or their relationship with you) does.
Your ex can think what they like
It doesn’t matter what they think. No…stay with me here.
They can think you’re a truly terrible person. To the right of Attila the Hun. Someone who spends his/her spare time twisting the heads off fluffy kittens or got a birthmark in your hair that looks like the number 666.
And yet…many people give waaaaay too much airtime to what their ex thinks of them. It enrages or saddens them. Or makes them give up. Or make a decision about based purely on something that shouldn’t matter.
To compound matters – in many high conflict situations communication is limited too, absent or strained. This seldom helps. You. Your ex. Most of all your child. And what doesn’t help either is the interpretation people will do to try to understand what an ex partner thinks or means.
You’re suspicious. Upset. Hyper aware of the situation.
And now…not only are you worrying about what the ex partner thinks…you’ve decided what they’re thinking.
Despite all this, it’s actually good news.
You don’t need to care what your ex partner thinks
This is spectacularly good news for you. What your ex thinks doesn’t matter. What does matter is what they do. You have options if your ex acts against the best interests of your child. But you don’t have a crystal ball. You’re not a mind reader. You’re not able to control what your ex.
But you do have the power to control the way you think. And what you do.
You’ve got this.
If not…would you like to learn how?