Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Co-parenting: Important Issues

All major decisions need to be made by both you and your ex. Being open, honest, and straightforward regarding the following 3 important issues is essential to your relationship with your ex and your children’s well-being.

Medical needs.
Positive and effective co-parenting can help parents focus on the best medical care for their child, as well as help lessen anxiety for everyone. Even if you decide to designate one parent to communicate primarily with health care professionals or attend medical appointments, keep one another informed.

Education.
Your child’s school environment should be a source of stability in their lives. Be sure to let school know about any changes in your child’s living situation. Speak with your ex ahead of time about class schedules, extra-curricular activities, and parent-teacher conferences, and be respectful to him or her at school or sports events.


Financial issues.
The cost of two separate households can impact attempts to be positive and effective co-parents. Think about setting a realistic budget and keep accurate records for all shared expenses. Be polite if your ex offers opportunities for your children that you may not be able to provide.




Posted by Isa Salvador, LCSW, IMH-E(III)