Navigating a co-parenting relationship is one of the most difficult aspects of divorce for Rhode Island parents. The “new normal” that these couples must face includes changes to their schedules and how they interact with their children. While co-parenting isn’t an easy proposition, it is something that you and your ex can do successfully.
Creating an atmosphere of cooperation
You and your ex may be divorced, but you are still invested in your children’s lives. Commit to cooperating with your ex, even if your divorce wasn’t as amicable as you would have liked. Consider working with your ex as a victory since your child’s well-being is the goal.
Establishing a schedule
Co-parenting becomes more natural as time passes by. However, the only way to truly normalize this new relationship with your child’s other parent is to create a child custody schedule that you both stick to. Unless something unavoidable arises, try to stick to the schedule that you both agreed to.
Consistency in communication
It’s certainly not uncommon for divorces to take an ugly turn. When emotions start running high, exes often struggle to communicate with one another in a healthy way.
With that in mind, choose a method of communication that works for you and your ex. If phone calls typically take an adversarial turn, stick to texting. Reports indicate that many divorced parents prefer texting with their ex instead of talking on the phone.
While it’s acceptable for parenting styles to differ between divorced parents, some consistencies should be in place. This is especially important when establishing curfews and behavioral rules for your children.
While working with your ex may sound like a difficult proposition, doing so is best for your children. These tips can help make a difficult situation easier for both of you.