While moving through divorce can seem like an insurmountable obstacle, for many parents it is just the beginning of a new and equally intimidating challenge — coParenting your children.

Hats off to all of you who have chosen to remain in your children’s lives as coParents. It means both of you care deeply about your children and want to continue raising them in the least-disruptive possible manner. Of course not all parents can share the parenting process in this way and for some couples it is not the ideal situation to even attempt it. But those couples who are determined to coParent and choose to live relatively close to one another so as not to disturb the school, sports and other related schedules of their children, certainly deserve credit and acknowledgement. This is a complex topic that can’t be glossed over with a few simple how-tos. It is based on sincere levels of communication and a sense of trust between the former spouses. When handled with care, your children enjoy the security and comfort of being with their other parent when they are not with you. You are less dependent on strangers as caretakers in their lives, and that is a win-win all around.

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One of the best things you can do for your children is to transition smoothly to coParenting with your former spouse. It won’t always be easy and there will certainly be challenges along the way, but here are some things to remember that will help make your new coParenting relationship work.

  • Don’t bad-mouth your ex around the kids, ever! If kids ask questions, give them age- appropriate answers that are honest but not judgmental. Kids are hurt and feel guilty when the parent they love is put-down by their other parent.
  • Always offer your ex the opportunity for special times with the kids – before involving a new relationship partner, i.e.: taking your teen for their drivers test or tryouts for a new sport.
  • Prioritize Mom and Dad being together for special occasion: celebrating birthdays, graduations and other significant events. Be considerate of one another as coParents to eliminate stress so your kids can enjoy a sense of family.
  • You and your ex won’t agree on all things so decide to pick your battles regarding parenting issues. Determine what’s worth discussing and what you can’t control and need to release. 

When you ignore any of these basic communication principles, you set yourself up for conflict, jealousy, stress and tension. Breaking these rules sabotages your sense of trust with your ex and that opens the door to mind games, retaliations and discord for everyone in the family.  Remember: when that happens, your children are the ones who pay the price!

Be the hero in your relationship with your children’s other parent. Cooperate. Collaborate. Be flexible and do favors. You are much more likely to get them back in return.

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About Rosalind Sedacca

Rosalind SedaccaMeet Rosalind Sedacca, CDC…
The Voice of Child-Centered Divorce

Rosalind Sedacca, CDC is a Divorce and Parenting Coach, recognized as The Voice of Child-Centered Divorce. She is the founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network that provides advice, coaching services, online courses and other valuable resources for parents who are facing, moving through or transitioning after a divorce.

Rosalind is the author of the internationally acclaimed ebook, How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? She has also created the Mastering Child-Centered Divorce 10-Hour Audio Coaching Program with Workbook and Parenting Beyond Divorce: Making Life Better For You & Your Children guidebook. These programs are designed to help parents create the best possible coParenting experience for themselves and their children.

Rosalind is also co-author of 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Dating After 40, 50 & Yes, 60! - as well as the creator of the DatingRescue eCourse and Create Your Ideal Relationship Kit for women and Mastering the Challenges of Dating: A Success Formula for Men. She provides personal coaching services via phone or Skype world-wide and is the co-host of the Divorce, Dating & Empowered Living radio show and podcast.