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These co-parenting tips can improve your life

After a divorce or separation, you may have many concerns about co-parenting. Although you need to do what's best for you, there's nothing more important than the well-being of your child.

Here are five co-parenting tips that can improve your life, all the while ensuring that you and your child maintain a strong relationship:

  • Be flexible: There will be times when a flexible schedule is a must. Don't lose sight of this if the other parent asks for a change.
  • Don't turn everything into an argument: There will be times when you argue with the other parent. Your goal is to minimize these arguments by picking your battles wisely.
  • Think about the other parent's feelings: It's not always easy to do, especially if you are no longer getting along, but practicing empathy will help keep the peace.
  • Open up the lines of communication: You don't have to talk about anything else, but when it comes to your child, you need to have a communication plan in place. From texts to phone calls to emails, there are many ways to stay in touch.
  • Respect his or her time with your child: When your ex-spouse is spending time with your child, don't interject yourself and spoil the experience.

It's not always easy to follow these co-parenting tips, especially if you're in the habit of doing something else.

If you change your ways for the better, you may come to find that co-parenting is not nearly as difficult as you thought. In the event that the other parent doesn't want to follow the parenting agreement, it's a good time to learn more about your legal rights.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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