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What does successful co-parenting look like?

When you have a co-parenting relationship with your ex-partner, there may be days where you do not know how to make it work. You may feel frustrated with your partner or remember the bitter feelings that led to your divorce.

When it comes to co-parenting, you have to put those feelings aside to give your children the best possible life. According to Women’s Health Magazine, co-parenting works best when parents communicate openly about the well-being of their children.

Communicate through the least hostile methods

If you have difficulty talking face-to-face with your former spouse, then you may want to use a website, app or texting to communicate with your ex. Not only can you record your conversations, but text allows you to think about what you have to say. You reduce saying something regrettable. Some websites and apps will enable you to share calendars and reminders.

Put your children above your spouse

No matter how you feel about your former spouse, your feelings towards your children need to beat those emotions. Remember that you love your kids more than you can dislike your ex. When you and your former spouse focus all your energy on the children instead of on one another, you can foster a collaborative and kind co-parenting relationship. Identify what your children need and make it the focal point.

One of the best ways to make a co-parenting relationship work is to regularly check in and talk with your former spouse. You may want to host family meetings with your ex and children, but keep the talk focused on your kids.

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