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Let’s talk about some of the benefits of co-parenting. Perhaps you are just
now beginning the journey of co-parenting or maybe you’ve been doing it
for a while. Either way, there are some things to keep in mind to remind you
why it’s important to successfully get along with your co-parent.
First and foremost, it’s going to save you time and money. If the two of you
are able to navigate through disagreements and discussions between the
two of you amicably without getting attorneys involved, that’s going to save
you a lot of money. You’ll also save a lot of time that you would have had to
spend in court and speaking with your attorney.
Second, it’s very important for your children to see the two of you getting
along with one another. There’s nothing worse for a child to see the parents
fighting over the child because that puts a layer of stress and guilt on the
child. That kind of stress certainly does not need to be there, and it makes
their lives so much more difficult.
If the kids can see their parents getting along with one another, that makes
great role models for them. They carry those values with them for the rest
of their lives, and they will always remember that even in the toughest of
times, their parents really got along with one another.
Third, and this may come as a surprise, but you may find that you actually
really enjoy co-parenting. If you look at your co-parent as a friend, the two
of you will certainly be able to navigate through discussions and arguments
to the best of your ability and as amicably as possible.
Parenting is hard, and the two of you need to realize that you’re in this for
the long haul. You do have to raise your kids together even though the two
of you have physically gone separate ways. So, try being friendly with your
co-parent and see how much more enjoyable this whole circumstance can
be for you in the end.