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How to co-parent with a former spouse

30682842_S.jpgGetting a divorce with minor children still living at home can add a layer of complexity to life for parents. For starters, moms and dads already trying to grapple with their own emotions and losses during this time must also find ways to help their children navigate their feelings as their lives change dramatically. In addition to this, parents must find ways to work together to raise their children while living separately. Given that communication and cooperation may well have struggled when a couple was married, this is no easy task.

Parents magazine recommends that one things moms and dads should do is to be willing to think outside the box especially when it comes to finding quality time to spend with their children. For example, instead of thinking that the only time a parent can be with their kids is on the days designated in the divorce agreement, they could consider always being the one to take kids to school even if that means picking them up from the other parent's home.

U.S. News and World Report adds that divorced parents should avoid saying anything negative about the other parent in their kids' earshots. In fact, parents should make an effort to say positive things about each other to and around their children.

A willingness to communicate for the good of the children should take priority over the feelings or wishes of each parent. When both parents do this, they are more likely to be able to provide an emotionally stable environment for their kids.

 

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