Parents are always co-parents whether they remain together or not. Families change and it is important to make sure the children are still the top priority regardless of other factors. Always speak to each other respectfully in front of children and do not ridicule each other at any time in front of kids. Work together to keep the agreements for custody and visitation but stay flexible enough to accomodate necessary changes. It helps children if they can keep their social circles too.
- Cooperation between parents can help buffer children from the negative effects of a separation or divorce.
- Be respectful in your behavior and communications with your ex, especially in front of the children.
- Avoid discussing the legal, financial, or emotional aspects of your divorce with your children, even if they ask questions about these topics.
“For the quieter majority, co-parenting eventually runs more like a business relationship than an emotional one, and that makes sense to children.”