Co-parenting is stressful on many fronts. Not only do you feel the pressure of doing what's best for your children, but you may also have concerns about parenting alongside your ex-spouse.

Fortunately, as the weeks turn to months, you should be able to settle into a co-parenting routine that works for you, your ex and your children. Here are some tips that can help you reduce stress and improve the likelihood of everyone getting along:

  • Communicate: When you shut out your ex-spouse, it only complicates matters. Keep a clear line of communication at all times, as you never know when you'll need to discuss your children, the details of your parenting agreement or something else of importance.
  • Put your children first: Forget about doing what's best for you or your ex. If you both get into the habit of putting your children first, you're likely to feel confident about your approach to co-parenting.
  • Don't argue about everything: It's likely that you'll have disagreements and arguments with your ex, but you don't want to make it a habit. If you fight every time you see each other, it'll take a toll on both you and your children. Pick your battles carefully.

By following these simple tips, you can ease the stress of co-parenting while positioning your children for future success.

If your ex-spouse doesn't care to get along, but instead wants to make things more difficult, you may need to review your parenting agreement and learn more about requesting a modification. It's a last resort, but there are times when you have no choice.

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