Co-parenting effectively

After a divorce, the changes and adjustments are far from over, especially if a Kentucky couple has children. Learning how to co-parent from two separate households is a major change that affects everyone. It is up to the adults in the situation to figure out how to make this new arrangement work. Here are some tips to help parents who are struggling with co-parenting effectively.

GoodTherapy.org recommends parenting boundaries and guidelines right from the start. This will enable them to work together instead of like two separate households. The children need the unity of their parents to maintain a sense of normalcy. This will also help parents to avoid issues with each other. Setting rules enables them to both agree on parenting tactics and methods. Parents also need to look at the situation from the perspective of their child. Children are not in the same boat as their parents, and parents must understand this. They will still love their other parent and want to be around him or her, so this needs to be respected.

The Huffington Post notes fighting and bickering over parental duties or time can affect kids in a negative way. This needs to be avoided at all costs. In addition, parents need to continue to stay connected. This is especially true for the parent the children do not live with. They should work hard to stay involved. Finally, kids are smarter than adults realize. It is not a good idea to try to trick them or hide things from them. Be honest and upfront about things so they feel involved in the process and empowered to make their own decisions.

 

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