Most break-ups occur because of a betrayal or a breakdown in communication that cannot be rectified. These patterns often don’t miraculously stop through the divorce proceedings. Successful co-parenting, however, requires solid communication skills and a commitment to honesty, integrity, and cooperation. Many parents, even those with completely irreconcilable differences, can find a way to create a successful co-parenting plan if they consistently recall that they are doing so for their children.
Eliciting the help of a mediator can help to create a plan both parents can stick with. Things that you need to take into consideration when meeting with the mediator are:
These are very grown-up discussions and your children don’t need the added stressor of knowing about these. They should be discussed and agreed up without involvement of the children.
Having these in place help to alleviate the stress, anxiety, anger, confusion, resentment, and any other feelings your children have about the separation.
Co-parenting won’t be easy, parenting isn’t easy. Ultimately, effective co-parenting helps mitigate the social and emotional consequences of a separation. Co-parenting does not take away all of the pain of a split, but it can reduce the damage and provide a safe environment in which children can successfully integrate the sadness of the breakup into their development.
If you want someone to help you navigate through stress of the separation and help your child/children come to terms with becoming part of a two family life, at Cameron Pediatric Counseling, Inc., we have the experience you need to be fair and impartial to help your family get on the right course. We can also help give you the tools to stay on the right course and maintain healthy family relationships.
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