You’re not in a relationship.
…and it’s still complicated.
I can hear the collective sigh of frustration. I know. I get it. Coparenting is tough. But it’s also so very important for your kids! The other day, I found myself clicking through random articles on the web. I came across one about the “Best Arrangement for Kids of Divorced Parents.” Being ever so curious, I opened it. The article just said what we’ve all heard a hundred times before: it’s important to have both parents in the picture.
Well of course it is! That’s easy to say for a researcher with no kids, or for a parent in the perfect relationship. But what about the rest of us?
The article conveniently left out the fact that coparenting is difficult. It’s hard to deal with the other parent sometimes. It’s hard to be flexible, to be understanding. It’s tough to agree on the same rules and the same schedule. Every time you drop him off or pick him up, it’s important to make sure you both know the child is the most important part of the relationship.
I’ve been pretty lucky, both of us are in the picture, and we both get a long pretty well, for my son’s sake. It can still be difficult though, especially when you two don’t agree on something. Try to remember that the little human in the carseat is still the most important thing to your world. If you truly want what’s best for them, it’s important to try and make it work with both parents.
You may not think the other parent is amazing, but your kid probably still loves them, and they’re very lucky to have both parents in the picture. Every time you drop them off, you’re teaching your child that family is important, even if you don’t get along. You’re teaching your child respect and love.
If you have trouble (like me) try some of these tips for coparenting!
- Try and have some consistency with rules, schedules, etc.
- Focus on the kids, not on your feelings or frustrations.
- Always treat the other parent with respect. Never say anything bad about them in front of the kids.
- Try to commit to honest, frequent conversation with the other parent.
- Be flexible with your time. If you want a few extra hours with the little one this week, make sure to return the favor.
- Remember what’s most important, you kiddo!