Navigating Co-Parent Relationships and Harassment
Navigating Co-Parent Relationships and Harassment up is difficult enough without having to deal with your co-parent harassing you. The harassment can take on a variety of forms including endless phone calls or texts, showing up unannounced at your home or workplace, and spreading rumors about you to friends, family, and even strangers on social media.
Many co-parents will use a form of harassment as a way to try and control their ex-partner or get back at them for actions that led to the breakdown of their marriage. This type of behavior is toxic and hurts the children involved. It is important to remember that if the harassment becomes physical, you should call the police immediately and seek legal action as soon as possible.
Smooth Sailing or Stormy Waters? Navigating Co-Parent Relationships and Harassment
The first step is to make a list of all instances of harassment. Include a description of the situation, the date and time of each incident, and any witnesses. Also, be sure to save any emails, text messages or other digital communications from the harassing co-parent.
Having clear boundaries with your co-parent is critical when dealing with a narcissistic harasser. Keep communication limited to topics related to the children, and avoid sharing personal information. If the harassing co-parent is on your social media, consider blocking them temporarily until this type of behavior is resolved. Additionally, it is a good idea to see your own therapist and/or your child’s therapist during this difficult time.