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Avoid these 3 common co-parenting errors

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | Family Law |

Many North Dakota parents encounter challenges while learning to co-parent with a former partner, but the more you learn to get along and work alongside your child’s other parent, the better off your child may be. While it may take some time to adjust to your new arrangement and iron out the kinks, you may find it easier to do so if you learn to avoid some of the most common co-parenting mistakes.

Per Medical News Today, it may improve your co-parenting relationship, and your child’s overall mental health and well-being, if you take care to avoid making the following three co-parenting mistakes.

1. Using your child as a go-between

Your child is not your messenger, and making him or her feel as such has the potential to cause him or her stress. If you and your ex struggle to communicate with one another, consider communicating exclusively through a particular channel, such as through email or a co-parenting app.

2.  Speaking ill of your partner

It is also vital that you avoid speaking negatively about your child’s other parent in your son or daughter’s presence. If you do so, you may unknowingly or unintentionally impact your child’s own feelings about his or her other parent. Doing so also puts your child in an uncomfortable position.

3. Attempting to “win over” your child

In the early stages of a divorce, some parents attempt to “win over” their children by purchasing expensive gifts or otherwise trying to “buy” their love.

Keep in mind that, when you co-parent, your child’s safety and well-being should be top of mind. If you are having trouble with the emotional side of your divorce, consider speaking with a therapist or similar mental health professional.