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Five tips on how to hack co-parenting

Crazy Monday By Esther Muchene

The focus is to avoid traumatizing your kids while you both maintain your sanity as parents (Shutterstock)

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Most people dream of being in a loving relationship where their kids can be nurtured well. Unfortunately, things don’t always pan out that way and it forces you to make certain adjustments for the sake of the kids.

When you’re at that point where co-parenting is the best option, it’s completely possible to get the best out of that situation.

The focus is to avoid traumatizing your kids while you both maintain your sanity as parents.

Not an easy task, armed with the right skills you can ace co-parenting

  1. Work on yourself

Breakups, separation and divorce can bring a lot of trauma. It’s hard to come to terms with the reality of things not working work out, but this shouldn’t put you down. The first hack that will make co-parenting easier is giving yourself time to heal so that you’ll be able to give your child all the love and support they deserve.

Don’t force yourself to heal to too quickly. Take it one day at a time and it will get better with time.

  1. Apply for co-parenting classes

Admitting that you need some guidelines on how to co-parent is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, you’ll be able to avoid some of the common mistakes parents make so this could save you a lot of stress. The best part about this is that there are online co-parenting classes so you don’t even need to go anywhere physically. Getting in touch with an expert is definitely one of the ultimate hacks.

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Focus on creating a healthy environment for you and your child (Shutterstock)

  1. Document the expenses

Financial issues are one of the areas that make co-parenting harder than it needs to be. Parents who are no longer in a relationship can easily get into fights and arguments out of the silliest things leave alone financial disputes. Keep a record of who needs to pay for what to avoid any confusion. It’s even better to keep everything documented for legal reasons.

  1. Get familiar with co-parenting technology

The tech world has really revolutionized how co-parenting works. It’s made things so much smoother and helped to reduce a lot of stress that comes with this family dynamic. There are applications that can help you with your visiting schedules, financial tracking and even healthy communication methods. Don’t miss out on all the amazing apps that are out there. Find one that suits you best and in no time, things will be a lot easier on you.

  1. Don’t badmouth your ex to your kids

Bad mothing your ex is wrong for so many reasons. First, it makes parenting harder and second, it affects your child’s relationship with the other parent. Also, it’s unfair to burden your kids by oversharing the details of your relationship. It might start affecting their lives which will emotionally affect them. Remember that they also deserve to have a healthy relationship with the other parent regardless of the challenges you’ve had as a couple. Besides, any harsh truths about your partner will eventually come out on their own. Focus on creating a healthy environment for you and your children.


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