Co-Parenting Tips- How You Can Make it Work!
Obtaining a divorce does not end your parenting relationship with your former spouse, and co-parenting, or raising your children as a team when you are no longer a couple, can be challenging at best! Co-parents must learn to work together and rely on each other in order to successfully raise their kids. It is important to remember that regardless of what you two went through together and no matter what the reasons were that you decided to separate, it is important to your kids that you two can interact in an effective and peaceful manner for their benefit and well-being.
Try the following co-parenting tips:
1. Create a highly specific co-parenting agreement that addresses dinners, overnight visits, weekends, holidays, and vacations. Include pick up and drop off times and the amount of time parties are expected to wait if the other parent is running late. Having a well defined plan will help to keep misunderstandings to a minimum
2. Always attempt to show your former partner, and your children, that you can have a professional and civil relationship that is kind, cooperative and respectful. This will teach your children that positive interactions are possible even when your relationship with that person is strained.
3. Be flexible about scheduling when unexpected events create inconvenient changes to the parenting plan. There may be a time in the near future when your former spouse will return the favor.
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