Successful co-parenting: Things you must do

When it comes to co-parenting, there are things you should do and things you should avoid at all costs.

Successful co-parenting is easier said than done, but with the right approach you'll feel good about where things stand and what the future will bring.

Here are a few co-parenting tips that you need to keep in mind at all times:

  • Don't share your feelings with the other parent with your child. There is no point in doing this, as it's only going to make things worse.
  • Respect the other parent at all times. You may not like him or her, but that doesn't mean you can't show the proper level of respect.
  • Keep an open line of communication. You must be able to speak with the other parent if you want to achieve success with co-parenting. From phone to email to text messaging, there are many ways to communicate.
  • Be prepared for anything. There is a lot that goes into co-parenting, so you need to be prepared for anything and everything that could come your way.
  • Let your child know that it's okay to ask questions. He or she may have questions about your divorce, what the future will bring and much more. You should encourage questions.

When it comes to successful co-parenting, these types of things can have you feeling better about your situation. As you attempt to get along with the other parent, don't overlook the fact that you do have some legal rights. Keeping these in mind will also put you in a better place as the days go by.

Source: U.S. News, "5 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting," accessed Oct. 04, 2017

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