3 Things to Remember When Co-parenting After a Divorce

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After a divorce, it can be tough to share custody and co-parent when you aren't living together. Your children will be losing a sense of security and stability in their lives, but there are ways that you can lessen their struggle. Co-parenting means that both parents have an active role in the child's life, and is the best way to maintain normality as far as you can. Here are three things every divorced couple needs to keep in mind for their children's sake.

Vent to Someone Else

Your children need to grow up loving and respecting their parents. Never vent to your child about your ex or put them in a bad light. It's your responsibility as parents to remain equals in your child's mind and to not make them fight over you. Co-parenting is about sharing the load even if it means having different parenting styles.

If you're struggling to deal with your divorce, get those feelings out somewhere else. Your child should never be exposed to the difficulties in your marriage. The only thing that matters is that they are taken care of and feel loved by both parents.

No One Wins a Divorce

You may be entitled to the house or car depending on your settlement conditions, but in the end, a divorce affects your children more than anyone else. Every divorce case is different and unique, but you need to remember that you aren't winning over your ex-spouse. It isn't a race to beat them at; it's an important part of your child's life that will affect them forever.

You need to protect your children at all costs and maintain a healthy relationship even after the divorce is finalized. Understanding that this transition will largely impact them is what you should know before getting divorced. Making that decision is not easy, and it should never be taken lightly.

Look for Signs of Distress

A divorce can take months to settle and it will be a tough time in your life. Your actions and attitude following the divorce may have other effects on your child's emotional health. Look out for signs of distress such as acting out or feeling as though the divorce was their fault. If you pick up on these signs early, you can avoid a bad reaction that will affect the rest of their lives.

Unwanted life changes are not easy to deal with, especially for a child. They may start to feel scared or insecure when you split up with your partner, so monitor any changes in their behavior following the divorce. You also need to watch for if your child starts to push boundaries, as they may think they can get away with bad behavior out of your guilt.

It's normal for relationships to fall apart, leading to divorce, but you have to make sure that your children aren't put in the middle of your disputes when you're co-parenting. It's not the easiest job in the world but, if you put your child's needs first, it can ease any pain they might be feeling. 

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