Co-Parenting Against All Odds

As most parents already know, having a child is probably one of the most rewarding and challenging journeys a person can take in life. As challenging as parenting might be, it becomes more difficult when a household becomes divided into two separate parents and their child/children. It happens to the best of us. Although it might not be the norm for many separated or divorced parents, co-parenting is possible and might be a better alternative to having a child bounced back and forth between two different worlds.

 

Co-parenting is simply a choice made by two separated parents to work together, despite of their relationship status. For the most part, this is done in obvious effort for any child affected by a separation. It might be easier said than done, but the benefits of having a child grow up in a co-parenting environment are tremendous.

 

Children are very observant, and they sometimes feel more than they can express into words. Many children that come from separated families hold on to the hope of reuniting their parents for as long as they can. Any hostility between two separated parents can be devastating to a child who wishes his or her parents can get along, let alone get together. Co-parenting teaches children that separated parents can be amicable. After all, parenting is not only a right but a responsibility. Much like how parents have the right to spend as much time with their children, kids have the same right as well. Children have every right to see, spend time, and grow up with both parents as much as possible. Co-parenting allows children to see both parents in equal amounts of time.

 

As far as parenting being a responsibility, this doesn’t change when parents separate. The responsibility to provide children with the best upbringing is still the same. And whether co-parenting is the way for this to happen really depends on the determination of both parents to work things out. The best way to think about it is to remember that no matter what happens, there’s always common ground in the child. That common ground will be just as precious and important regardless of whether the relationship stands or not. If the child is top priority, setting aside differences to work things out might not be as hard as it sounds.

 

Educational Resources:

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/co-parenting-after-divorce

http://umassmed.edu/uploadedFiles/eap2/resources/Families_and_Parenting/Coparenting%20After%20Divorce.pdf

http://www.extension.umn.edu/family/parents-forever/resources-for-families/co-parenting/

 

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