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Co-parenting communication tips: These can help

Co-parenting is sure to bring many challenges to your life. On one hand, you don't want to have much communication with your ex-spouse. On the other hand, you must do what's best for your child or children.

There are several communication tips you can follow to make life easier on you (and everyone else) when co-parenting. Here are five to keep in mind:

  • Keep your focus: When communicating with the other parent, stay on topic to ensure that the conversation moves forward as planned.
  • Remain positive: No matter how frustrated you may be, there is no reason to take a negative approach to the conversation. A positive tone will always work in your favor.
  • Explore your options: There is more than one way to communicate with the other parent. For example, you may find that phone calls work best for the two of you. However, others have come to realize that email or text messages are best for keeping the peace.
  • Don't make demands: If you do this, the other parent will go into "defense mode." And when that happens, the conversation can take a turn for the worse.
  • Be cooperative: Even if you don't get along with your ex-spouse, you need to cooperate to ensure the best possible life for your child. This may mean making concessions every now and again, and there's nothing wrong with that.

If for any reason the other parent is unwilling to follow the parenting agreement, you shouldn't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. You need to do whatever it takes to maintain a strong and healthy relationship with your child.

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