Co-parenting isn't always easy. Many times there is past turmoil between parents and it can be difficult to set this aside in order to successfully parent together. However, it is important that each parent get along and do what is best for their child. Dealing with co-parenting can be stressful, but you should make it a goal this upcoming spring to be consistent, fair and continue to work on doing what’s best for your children. If you find yourself in the situation of co-parenting a child here are some co-parenting goals that you should keep this spring.
Communicate In An Effective Way
It is difficult to co-parent without proper communication. Keeping everyone informed about what is going on you in the life of a child can make everything more pleasant for both parents. This spring, make it a goal to communicate with the other parent. Even if it's difficult to have a conversation in a civil manner, don't lose your cool. Remain calm no matter how hard of a time you are having effectively communicating. It is also important that you try to communicate in person or over the phone rather than through email or text. Often times it is easy to misinterpret someone's tone with written word rather than hearing their voice. This can cause a lot of unnecessary strife when trying to communicate with one another.
Don't Let Your Child Be The Middle Man
When parents don't communicate effectively they will often try to communicate through their child. Unfortunately, this is not effective and can actually be detrimental. Never make your child be the middle man. If you have something to say to the other parent, say it and don't make your child do it. When conflicts arise with the other parent never speak to your child about it. It is not a good idea to speak poorly about their other parent to them. This just causes a lot of unnecessary confusion for the child.
Act As A Team
Parenting is hard work. It's a whole lot easier if you feel as if you have someone by your side. Try to act as a team with the other parent. Even if you disagree about something, don't let your child know. Have difficult conversations when they aren't around. Don't make important decisions without consulting the other parent. By doing so you won't be able to effectively co-parent together and may feel as if you are alone when it comes to making parenting decisions.
Have A Routine
Children crave routines in almost any situation. Even though your child is splitting time between two households they can still have a routine. Sit down with the other parent to discuss ways that you can provide some sort of consistency for your child. Find out what routines you can implement in both of your households. These routines will be very beneficial for everyone involved. You will find that it's easier for your child to split time between both households if there is some sort of consistency in each of them.
Make Goals With One Another
Despite the fact that you are no longer with the other parent you can still make goals together that will benefit your child. These goals can consist of things like being at all of your child's school events or working with the child individually to improve their school grades. Not only will goals benefit your child, but both parents as well. They will help you feel as if you can work together in a positive way that will be good for your child.
Set Aside Time To Get Together Regularly
One of the best things you can do to improve your relationship with the other parent and to feel as if you are on the same page as them is to get together regularly. Set aside some time each week to meet with one another and discuss any issues related to your child. These meetings don't have to take very long and can be as simple as setting aside 10-15 minutes to meet with one another after you drop your child off at school or before you pick them up. You might find that you actually look forward to getting together with the other parent as you will be able to discuss important information that is pertinent to parenting your child.
Seek Assistance When Necessary
Despite your best efforts, you may find it extremely difficult to co-parent. If you are in this situation you might need to seek assistance. It's not uncommon for some individuals to seek the assistance of a mediator. If you have minor issues that you feel can be solved over time, it may be in your best interest to attend counseling with the other parent. There's nothing wrong with seeking assistance as it can prove to be very beneficial in helping both of you co-parent more effectively.
In conclusion, co-parenting can be difficult for almost everyone. However, with a little bit of time and some patience, you can learn how to effectively parent your child with another person. Follow the above tips this spring to improve how you co-parent. While it may be trying at first, eventually you both will see how your child has benefited from it and with a little bit of time things will get easier.