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Tips for co-parenting after a divorce

Getting divorced in Mount Holly can be a difficult time. When a couple has children together, they often have the added challenge of becoming a two-household family. However, parenting together while living apart is possible if both parties are willing to but in the extra effort.

CNN recently reported on a couple that still reunites every year to take a family photo with their son despite no longer being married and living on opposite sides of the country. While not every couple may achieve that level of understanding, the fact that they both are putting their child first is a good example to follow when co-parenting with an ex.

When children have to split time between two homes and two parents, enforcing the rules can be difficult points out Scary Mommy. Children may try to test boundaries or become confused if the rules and one house are different from the rules at the other. By working together to craft a set of rules and expectations to be followed at both houses, parents can ensure that things will go much smoother.

Good communication skills are also essential to co-parenting. Staying on the same page in terms of schedules, problems and achievements will ensure that everyone is informed. Some parents rely heavily on technology to aid them with this while others do not. At the same time, avoiding negative communication is also important. Badmouthing the other parent in front of the children or putting the kids in the middle of a conflict will likely only cause more problems than it solves.

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