“If you choose to have a child with someone, you automatically choose to be a parent with that person. You don’t get the right to change your mind just because it didn’t turn out the way you expected it to. You still have to be a parent with the other person. Do what’s best for your child…Not what’s best for you.” – Author Unknown

Co-parenting benevolently with your ex-wife or husband can gives your child(ren) the stability and necessary relationships he or she needs, though, it can be difficult. Split parents putting aside relationship issues to co-parent amicably can still be susceptible to stress. Regardless of the many challenges, though, it is within the real of possibility and necessary for your children. Following the tips below, you can remain consistent and calm, and help avoid conflict with your ex. You can make joint custody work.

Always Aim for Peace and Consistency

While children need to learn to be flexible as well as be exposed to different perspectives, they also need to know they’re living under the same rules at both homes. Aim for consistency between both homes. This will avoid confusion for your children. Schedule-Aim for some expected organization in your children’s schedules. If meals, homework and bedtimes are similar between homes, your child will have an easier time adjusting. Rules-While rules don’t have to be exactly the same between both households, e establish generally consistent guidelines. This way, your kids won’t have to bounce back and forth between two completely different environments. Discipline-Follow similar consequences for broken rules, even if the disobedience didn’t happen at your place. So, if your kids have lost internet privileges while at your ex’s house, follow suit. Do the same with good behavior.

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