Making the transition from being romantically involved with your child’s other parent to being co-parents who are just trying to raise their children can be challenging. It’s going to take some work on the part of both adults, but most will find that this is a very rewarding journey.
There are a few things that might help to make co-parenting more successful. Remember these tips as you try to work things out.
Co-parents are a team
One of the most important things to remember is that you’re a co-parenting team. What affects your co-parent extends to your child and what impacts your child also affects you. It’s one big circle. Remembering this may help you to extend grace to your co-parent if they make a parenting mistake. Hopefully, they can do the same thing for you when you have a slip-up. Being able to show the children that their parents are truly a team can give them assurance that they have the support they need.
Compromise is key
Co-parenting isn’t about trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong. Instead, the focus has to be on finding the best resolutions for the children. When co-parents can compromise, the children are ultimately the ones who win.
Taking the time to think about what’s best for the children can help you as you create a parenting plan with your co-parent. This is what everyone involved will follow to ensure the children have the stability and consistency they need to thrive. As the child matures, their needs may change. This could necessitate changes to the plan. Working with your co-parent to get the changes taken care of can benefit everyone.