4. Avoid using your kids as spies, messengers, allies, or confidantes.
It is normal to want to know what goes on at “the other house.” But if your kids feel like you are probing them with your questions, they will feel caught in the middle. It is a burden because it puts your kids into a loyalty bind.
5. You don’t have to have the same rules and expectations at each house.
If you are able to have similar rules, it does make the transition easier for the kids. But if you didn’t agree when you were married, you probably aren’t going to agree now.
a. But that is okay as long as you and your ex are no longer arguing. Your kids will adjust to your different homes. Kids learn that some things are ok at mom’s house, but not at dad’s. They may learn that mom expects them to make their beds in the morning, but dad does not.
b. This will not cause lasting damage to them. But the ongoing conflict between you and your ex will.
6. Letting go is key.
You and your ex both probably think that you are good parents. Nearly all parents have differences in parenting style.
To co-parent successfully, you’ll need to let go of those differences when you can’t agree. Take some breaths, vent to a friend (not your kids), and then move on. You will heal more quickly from the divorce if you can do this.
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7. Stay on your side of the fence.
You or your ex may feel that the other parent is controlling or intrusive. This could trigger a fight, but it doesn’t have to. Let it go. It calls for restraint.
Don’t let your ex know when you are critical of his/her parenting unless s/he asks for your feedback or advice. And if your ex is giving you unwanted feedback or advice, just say “thank you for your input” and leave it at that.
8. Your kids don’t need to know what you think of your ex.
Adjusting to divorce takes time and healing. At the same time, you have to learn how to help your children through the divorce. One way is to co-parent effectively with your ex even if you hate each other. Focus on your kids and minimize the friction between you and your ex.
These tips will help you move from parenting in marriage to successful and cooperative co parenting after divorce.
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© Ann Gold Buscho, Ph.D. 2021
Written By Ann Gold Buscho Originally Appeared On Psychology Today