Co-parenting is often thought of as the best option for the kids, but it can be pretty stressful for the parents. Some co-parents fall into their roles and new relationship easily. This is a good thing that can benefit everyone involved because it simplifies the process. The issue comes in when there is a rocky spot in the co-parenting relationship.
One thing that can help co-parents to maintain a good environment for the kids is to keep things positive. This might not be as easy as you think, but you might find that it helps you and the children. In order to do this, you will have to take care of yourself. Make sure that you get proper nutrition and stay hydrated. Get enough sleep and exercise.
You need to remember that neither parent is perfect. Instead of harping on what you think your ex is doing wrong, focus on the things they are doing the right way. For example, they might have let your child stay up late but your child might have been elated to be able to watch a favorite movie. Unless it was a school night, it is likely best to just focus on your child’s joy instead of the missed bedtime.
You and your ex must keep communication positive and respectful. This sets the tone for the entire relationship, so don’t fall into the habit of speaking harshly to your ex or badmouthing them in front of the kids. Instead, remember that they are your child’s other parent and they deserve respect for that role.
Finally, make sure that you have everything outlined in your parenting plan. This can take away some of the disagreements that can add stress to the situation.