When it comes to co-parenting, you have every right to be scared.
Although there are sure to be some challenges along the way, you have what it takes to do what's best for yourself and your child at all times. You simply need to implement a schedule and strategy that works for all parties.
Here are some top tips for successful co-parenting:
- Think about things from the other side. Instead of always doing what is best for you, think about how your ex-spouse feels. This will help you make better decisions.
- Be flexible. Even if you have a schedule in place, it's essential that you remain flexible at all times. This will make life easier on everyone, including your children.
- Don't fight about everything. There is no denying the fact that you will argue with your ex-spouse every now and again, but you need to pick your battles. Some things are not worth an argument.
- Communicate directly with the other parent. Don't use your children as a go-between. If you need to communicate with the other parent, do so in a respectful manner. Telling your child to do so on your behalf is a mistake.
- Respect your child's time with the other parent. It's easy to get into the habit of interjecting yourself into your child's time with the other parent, but resist the urge to do so. You wouldn't want this person doing the same to you.
When you follow these tips, successful co-parenting is something you can achieve in no time at all. This doesn't mean it will be easy, but you can definitely put yourself on the right path to success.
If for some reason you are unable to work things out after your divorce, maybe because the other parent is making it difficult to spend time with your child, you may have no choice but to consider your legal rights. Although this may make things more awkward for the time being, it's important that you protect your rights to ensure that you remain a big part of your child's life.