Working with your co-parent to ensure the children have everything they need is important. Unfortunately, not all parents are able to work as a team when they don’t agree on things. Being able to make decisions through negotiations can help you focus on the children’s best interests.
One thing that you need to remember when you’re going through this is that you can’t let the past cloud what you do now. You need to be able to leave the things that happened between you and your ex alone.
Choose your battles
Co-parenting isn’t an all-or-nothing situation, so you need to think carefully about what’s important to the children. Ideally, you’ll focus on things that affect your child’s health or safety when you’re choosing your battles. If something isn’t going to affect one of those, it might be best to let it go.
Keep your attitude in check
Uncooperative co-parents can make the situation difficult. You can’t let the challenges that are coming from that parent have an impact on your attitude. Try to remain calm. This can help to keep the situation diffused, but it goes beyond that. You can also show your children how to deal with challenging circumstances.
All parents need to be able to do what’s in the child’s best interests. Determining how to make decisions that provide the children with stability and support is crucial in these cases. Your parenting plan is the basis for every situation you will face. Having points in the plan that cover things like conflict resolution can help make difficult situations a little easier.