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7 Co-Parenting Tips for Children

7 Co-Parenting Tips for Children

#1. Put your children first

#2. Accept different parenting styles

#3. Be calm and focus on connection

#4. Keep to regular routines within families

#5. Develop a Co-Parenting Plan

#6. Be open and flexible

#7. When your co-parent won’t be flexible

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1. Put your children first

1. Put your children first

During separation, children may experience big and challenging feelings such as grief, anger, frustration, isolation, and loneliness. It's important to acknowledge their emotions and be there for them. 

Support and stay in contact with your co-parent, to ensure your children feel safe. If your child can't stay overnight with the other parent, think of alternative ways for them to bond.

Putting the children's needs first is key.

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2. Accept different parenting styles

2. Accept different parenting styles

It's important to talk to your children about different parenting styles and household rules, respecting that each is okay as long as the child is safe.

  • Recognize if fear of letting children stay with the other parent overnight is due to legitimate safety concerns or the need for control.
  • Ask yourself if being with the other parent is harmful or just different routines. 
  • Avoid fighting and broken relationships by letting them go if safe.

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3. Be calm and focus on connection

3. Be calm and focus on connection

Be a positive role model for your children. Show them how to handle change and unexpected events by staying calm and composed, even when things don't go according to plan. 

Encourage connection with their other parent by having photos, phone calls, and responding positively to their stories. Your children are watching and taking cues from you, so lead by example and focus on connecting with them when they are with you.

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4. Keep to regular routines within families

4. Keep to regular routines within families

Routines bring stability and improved resiliency to families during uncertain times. 

Determine your family's specific needs and prioritize 2-3 morning, afternoon, or evening routines to anchor the day and keep it on track.

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5. Develop a Co-Parenting Plan

5. Develop a Co-Parenting Plan

Having a plan for parenting responsibilities and care arrangements is essential for a successful co-parenting relationship. Putting the needs of the children first and using common sense decision making can help navigate the new relationship between parents and minimize miscommunication. 

The plan should include a schedule for:

  • Visitation
  • Education
  • Medical needs
  • Financial support
  • Special occasions
  • And guidelines for decision making and conflict resolution.

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6. Be open and flexible

6. Be open and flexible

  • Be flexible in co-parenting arrangements
  • Use common sense to solve challenges
  • Give notice and communication options to other parent
  • Be open to conversations and adjustments
  • Practice mutual understanding, as it may be your turn to request adjustments.

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7. When your co-parent won’t be flexible

When your co-parent refuses to be flexible, the best course of action is to Seek a Court Order to ensure the health and safety of your children. If the other parent is uncooperative, this may be the only way to resolve any issues.

Regardless of the situation, it is important to do your best as a parent and prioritize the well-being of your children.

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And Remember...

  1. Co-parenting can be done in different ways, so think creatively to find solutions that benefit everyone.
  2. Finding the right balance in co-parenting takes time, patience and good communication.
  3. Both parents should work together and put aside their differences to create a positive environment for their children's growth and development.

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CURATOR'S NOTE

Co-parenting after separation is a complicated process that requires organization, communication, and flexibility. It's important to work together to navigate co-parenting challenges and find solutions that work for each family's specific situation.

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