06.1 What to Know
The most important relationship in the life of your children is the relationship between you and the mother of your children.
How well you get along with her affects your children every day. This is true whether you and mom are married to each other or not, living together or not.
Your children look to your relationship with their mom as the blueprint for developing their own relationships. If the relationship is healthy, then your children will have a model for what a healthy relationship looks like. If it isn’t healthy, they will have a harder time developing their own healthy relationships.
If you and she are married to each other, keep your relationship strong. If you’re struggling in the marriage, seek out programs and other resources, such as counseling, that offer help.
If you and she live together but aren’t married, think seriously about marrying her.