• Shakina Cooley

Coparenting The Right Way


Although blended families are more of the norm than the exception to the rule, it is still scary territory to have to enter into. We’ve all heard or can tell  horror stories of the baby’s mama or baby’s daddy drama. We’ve all heard or have experienced bad breakups or divorced. But there IS hope. You don’t have to live the rest of your life in constant drama as it pertains to your coparenting situation. Here are a few tips…

1. Create CLEAR boundaries- It’s important to make known what the expectations of your custody agreement are. Create healthy boundaries AND stick to them. If you guys can not come to an agreement on your own, seek legal counsel.

2. Communication is key- Be sure to always be in communication with your child(ren)’s father/mother. If something comes up and you aren’t able to have the kids that day or weekend, if you’re running late, if there’s a school performance or game, etc make sure to keep the other parent informed. This helps keep down confusion between you all which makes life easier for everyone, kids included.

3. Be respectful of one another- R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Respect is soooo important. Please don’t resort to calling him/her out of their name or speaking of them negatively. I understand we all get frustrated, angry, upset, but it’s important to remember that this is the father/mother of your child(ren). You don’t have to be with them in order to be respectful

4. Keep conversations short and simple- If you all haven’t gotten to the point where you can consider each other friends, keep conversations to information about the kid(s) only. Only talk when you need to communicate something about your child(ren).

Are there any other tips you can think of in order to create a successful coparenting relationship?

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