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Ways to Co-parent

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  1. Sit down and have a conversation with your co-parent about future arrangements involving the child(ren) and have a set plan.
  2. DO NOT use the child as a defense mechanism against your co-parent.
  3. Do not force your child to choose sides if a disagreement with your co-parent arises.
  4. Be understanding if a previous arrangement may have to be changed due to the schedule of your co-parent.
  5. Do not allow your child to talk badly about your co-parent even though it may not sound so bad. Co-parenting should consist of respect on both ends.
  6. Do not talk badly about your co-parent in front of your children.
  7. Don’t burden your child with the problems between you and your co-parent, it is not their fault and they should not be forced to be on anyone’s side.
  8. Be able to communicate directly to your co-parent, don’t use your children as messengers.
  9. Be boring. Children need to be able to do normal things with one parent just as they do with the other not just fun things all the time.
  10. Be present with your kids. When it is your turn to spend time with them be sure YOU are doing the time spending, not other family members etc.
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