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What mistakes should I avoid with co-parenting?

Many separating couples who have children together in Kentucky believe the hardest part of their separations is moving on. Even though their relationships with each other did not work out, they still have a commitment to their kids. Co-parenting is not always the easiest thing for many parents to do. But it is necessary for their kids to have the parental structure and support they need. 

For many parents, it is a learn-as-you-go process. You may initially experience a bit of trial and error with your former spouse. However, you can improve your chances of success by considering the following common co-parenting mistakes. 

Fighting while the kids are around 

There will be times where you and your ex-spouse do not see eye-to-eye about parenting issues. As tempting as it is for you to argue and fight with them, you should avoid having any altercations while your kids are around. Think about what you are really upset about and if it is worth arguing about. Learn to communicate with your former partner without conflict. If you must fight and argue, make sure your children are not within seeing and hearing distance. 

Using your children for information 

It is very common for some parents to use their kids to relay messages back and forth. Some people also use their children to spy on their other parents. According to WebMD, children are unable to handle the emotional stress and trauma that comes from this type of situation. It can prolong the healing process for everyone, especially your kids and create issues and challenges in other areas of their lives. 

Co-parenting is a process that many parents try to force. Instead of rushing to make things appear okay, they should take things slowly, evaluate their progress and collaborate. Above all else, they should put their children’s well-being and interests above their own so they can co-parent successfully.

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