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Stress-free co-parenting for divorced parents

Co-parenting is one of the most important things that parents who are divorced need to consider. At the same time, it is likely one of the most difficult things to consider as well. This discussion is important to have even when parents are married, as one article points out, but is even more vital when it comes to divorced parents.

It might be wise to consider a handful of tips when co-parenting. First, make sure that all discussions having to do with the child are made when both parents are calm and never in front of the child. This may mean that the two of you need to step outside or go get some coffee and have a calm discussion.

Also, it's important to be on the same page when you are disciplining. This still holds true even if you disagree with each other. While it's obviously not good to "throw your spouse under the bus," it's also not a good idea to do it to your ex-spouse. This will end up hurting your children in the long run.

Sometimes a discussion can become heated. This may be a good time to take a break from the conversation. Take a walk or a drive, clear you head and come back to the topic later.

Finally, if you feel like there is constant turmoil when it comes to co-parenting, you may want to seek out professional help. This might mean reaching out to a psychologist, marriage counselor or taking a co-parenting class.

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