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by Ashley Foster - April 20, 2018
We must accept the end of the marriage before we can enter into a healthy co-parenting
relationship.If you are still trying to figure out why or how the marriage ended,
it will blur your ability to treat your ex in a loving way.Do not rush yourself through
this important process.
Live with intention. Find a way to remind yourself that today you will put the children
first and you will treat your co-parent with love and respect. Create a mantra and
repeat it as needed. For example, " Model loving behavior" is a great mantra to repeat
throughout the day.
When your children share a story with you about your ex, challenge yourself to compliment
your ex’s parenting.There are so many opportunities to show your kids that you see
good in their other parent .
If you mess up and talk down to or about your ex in front of the kids, do the right
thing and apologize. The ego must be set aside when co-parenting. Set a good example
for your children and ease any tension that may have been caused.
It's okay to still celebrate your children's birthdays together. It is a priceless
gift to the birthday child. It also offers a full family tradition for their memory
bank and it models loving behavior and well-placed priorities.
It is okay to mess up as a parent and an ex-spouse. It is an opportunity for growth.
When you find yourself breaking one of you own personal co-parenting commandments,
hold yourself accountable. Spend some time before bed, reviewing your behavior for