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Posts tagged "Co-Parenting"

Co-Parenting Like a Grown Up

A woman walked into the firm last week wearing a t-shirt that said, "Don't grow up, it's a trap!" We've all had this feeling before. Many of us have probably seen the sentiment expressed on a t-shirt, a random sign or a social media post, and most of us laugh and think it's funny. And it is, until you think about it. Being an adult can be hard and it's nice to commiserate and understand that the "hard" isn't something reserved exclusively for a few, but that everyone knows that feeling. Yet sometimes we use that feeling as a crutch that prevents us from reaching our full potential - that elusive "grown up" that was so easy to envision back before we were expected to actually behave that way because we're all grown now. This phenomenon of being grown, but not feeling (or necessarily) acting grown up is never more apparent than when a divorced couple is attempting to co-parent. This is one of those "adult" situations that just call for all of us to behave like the grown ups that we are.

Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents

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Co-parenting after a split is rarely easy, especially if you have a contentious relationship with your ex-partner. You may be concerned about your ex's parenting abilities, stressed about child support or other financial issues, feel worn down by conflict, or think you'll never be able to overcome all the resentments in your relationship. But co-parenting amicably with your ex can give your children the stability, security, and close relationships with both parents they need. For the sake of your kids' well-being, it is possible for you to overcome co-parenting challenges and develop a cordial working relationship with your ex. With these tips, you can remain calm, stay consistent, and resolve conflicts to make joint custody work and enable your kids to thrive.