Co-Parenting Communication Tips
It’s been said that happy marriages are built on communication. Believe it or not, when children are involved, the same could be said for a “happy” divorce.
When couples split up, ongoing communication between the two may sound like the last thing either person wants. When couples share children, however, and neither person is willing to relinquish full custody of the kids, the parties enter into a co-parenting arrangement. It’s a situation that, while unpleasant, carries certain obligations and responsibilities.
First on that list is communication. To make co-parenting work, both people need to be willing to pick up the phone, coordinate schedules, and work together for the sake of their children. Divorced or separated parents must also be able to speak openly with their kids about the arrangement and listen to their experiences. Only by putting their conflicts aside and prioritizing their roles as parents can exes optimize the arrangement and minimize emotional distress for their children.
Of course, this may not be an easy feat—which is why we wanted to share a recent article in Divorce Magazine with our readers. In “7 Co-Parenting Communication Tips,” writer Audrey Lamp offers several strategies for divorced and separated parents. In addition to communication-related suggestions, the list contains a couple methods for reducing anxiety and setting expectations correctly. Tips include the following:
- Discuss Co-Parenting Before You Finalize the Divorce
- Find the Best Way to Communicate with Your Ex
- Minimize Conflict
- Stop Bad-Mouthing Your Ex
- Keep Your Focus on Your Children
- Stop Trying to Control Your Ex
- Use the “10-Second Rule”
Read the full article here.
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