Dear Neale: My ex-husband pays child support and buys our 15 year old daughter a new wardrobe every six months. I know he loves her but this is getting excessive. She's beginning to act spoiled and entitled. Overall, she's a good kid, gets good grades but I'm afraid his financial overcompensation is counter to everything I'm trying to teach her. Help!
Co-parenting is often challenging–even when both parents have the best of intentions. Instead of worrying about what your ex is doing, keep your daughter centered in gratitude and appreciation of his gifts. Yes, I know that's hard as your daughter is in the "terrible teens" but as when you model good financial habits, trust she'll remember the steady hand you provide.