When you divorce and decide that co-parenting is the right option for you and your children, it’s important to work with your child’s other parent rather than against them. Part of this is making sure you have the same agenda as the other parent, which should be in the best interest of the child.
Unfortunately, many parents are angry, and as a result, this anger seeps into their parenting, leading to mistakes that will likely hurt everyone in the long run. Some of the biggest mistakes to avoid when co-parenting your children can be found here.
1. Talking badly about the other parent
If you start talking about the child’s other parent, it will put them in the middle of an already difficult situation. This will cause undue stress and may lead to other issues. You shouldn’t use your children for venting about your ex-spouse.
2. Sharing unnecessary information with them
There’s no need to involve your child with what is going on with your divorce, the child custody situation or any other aspect of your life they shouldn’t be involved in. Telling a child too much can seem scary and this is a boundary you should not cross.
3. Fighting in front of your child
Fighting in front of your child is never a good idea. It makes things uncomfortable and embarrasses them. It can also take a mental and emotional toll. If you can’t seem to agree, limit your contact and conversations as much as possible.
Getting co-parenting right
There’s no secret formula to getting co-parenting right. However, you need to take steps to make things as easy for your children as possible. Be sure to know your legal options to deal with a co-parenting plan that isn’t working for you.