Learning to co-parent with someone in North Carolina is tricky, and it may take some time for both parties to adjust to a new co-parenting arrangement. However, the sooner you and your ex learn to co-parent effectively, the better off your son or daughter may be.
Per Psychology Today, there are certain steps you and your ex might take to improve your co-parenting relationship for the sake of the child you share. Some of these things are as follows.
Keep your personal opinions private
You may not hold a positive opinion of your ex after a divorce, and that is perfectly acceptable. However, what is not acceptable is voicing your negative thoughts about your child’s other parent while your child is within earshot. If you want to vent about your former partner, call a therapist or visit a friend. Badmouthing your ex in front of your child does nothing but cause your son or daughter unnecessary stress.
Aim for consistency between homes
It may also serve your family well if you and your ex come up with a plan for how to parent your child while in different home environments. A parenting plan is a good place to outline the rules and guidelines to which you and your ex agree as far as parenting the child you share. Keeping the rules at both homes relatively similar may make transitioning between homes easier for your child. It may, too, help you and your former spouse avoid conflicts.
There are many other efforts you might employ to improve co-parenting relations and make life easier for your child. However, keeping your opinions on your ex to yourself and creating consistent environments in both homes is a great place to start.