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Avoid these common co-parenting mistakes

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2023 | Family Law |

When a couple’s marriage ends and children are involved, co-parenting is an excellent way to try to keep the children’s lives as stable as possible and mitigate any damage the divorce can cause to the family unit. Divorce is painful and difficult for everyone, but co-parenting can help, especially the children.

While co-parenting is not always easy, research shows that it provides numerous benefits for children and can have a long-term positive impact in their lives. Even though it can be easy for divorced parents to get stuck on day-to-day problems when they are trying their best to juggle raising children and managing their own lives, it is possible to co-parent successfully, in spite of the pressures and changes that come with a divorced parent’s new life.

Hence, challenges are inevitable, and you should expect them. However, you can still co-parent effectively, especially if you avoid these common co-parenting mistakes:

Failing to compromise

Divorced parents often find themselves overwhelmed after the divorce is final, because they have to adapt to a new life. With that comes significant change, which can be stressful and chaotic.

However, it is essential to remember not to take that frustration out on the other parent. Remember that co-parenting is for the well-being of the children and that compromising with the other parent, whether it is about schedules, holidays, or parenting time is ultimately something you are doing for your children.

Trying to win your child’s affection

Parents who work together to raise their children after a divorce can sometimes compete against each other to get their child’s affection. Remember that co-parenting is about continuing to have a family unit, even though it is somewhat different from what it was before the divorce. Children benefit from having both parents in their lives.

It is essential to remember that each parent can have their own individual bond with their child based on many things, including unique interests they share or simply because they get along well. Co-parenting is not about competing; it is about collaborating with one another to put the child first, including supporting the child’s relationship with the other parent.

Refrain from speaking ill of the other parent

Divorce is painful, and there is always a reason why a couple chooses to divorce. After the divorce, it is normal to feel anger and frustration toward the other parent. Healthily processing those feelings by seeking counseling or joining a divorced parents’ support group can help you process the difficult emotions you experience after your divorce.

Making choices aligned with your self-care and having a strong support system for yourself can keep you from sharing those frustrations with your children. Remember that you and your spouse chose to divorce, not the children, and they should see their parents as a united front who care about each other and, most of all, about them.

No parent is perfect, and co-parenting has its own unique challenges. However, these challenges can be overcome by being thoughtful of the actions you choose to take and the words you use. Ensure you seek support and practice self-care to embark on this journey with the resources you need to succeed.