The topic of shared parenting is something we all support as coParents, but are there benefits? This study states, yes.
Divorced and separated couples should always keep their child in mind, front and center. This study by Acta Pædiatrica this month shows that shared custody helps young children. They focused on preschool children spending an equal amount of time in the homes of the mother and father. “Shared parenting,” or joint physical custody (JPC), the group explains, “refers to a practice where children with non-cohabiting parents live alternatively and about equally with both parents, for example, one week with one parent and the next week with the other parent.”
The children had less psychological problems, compared to those kids who only lived and spent time with only one parent. Two involved coParents is what’s best.
The study’s key notes include:
- The situation of JPC was questioned for preschool kids for the study
- Featured 3656 Swedish children between three and five years of age, living in two different homes
- Their psychological symptoms were analyzed
- The JPC children had similar levels of psychological symptoms as those living in intact families
Julia Weber, JD, MSW, solves issues facing coParents, families and children. Weber commented on the study, stating, “When it’s safe, a child spending time with both parents and all caregivers, generally makes makes a lot of sense.”
What should coParents plan and how can they work together? “Take into consideration schedules for parents and activities; schools and time the child spends with friends, depending on the child’s age,” Weber explained. “’Fair’ may be different depending on these and other factors. Keep conflict low, ask for help when you need it, and remember: your child picks up on what’s happening when you criticize the other parent. They are likely to blame themselves or hear the criticism as including who they are as well, so try to avoid negative comments as much as possible.”