The following tips can help divorced parents work better together in matters pertaining to their children:
- Try to make your dealings with your child’s other parent as pleasant as you can — even if he or she doesn’t.
- If your ex knows how to get under your skin and uses this knowledge unfairly, resolve to keep your cool anyway.
- Bring a friend with you when you have to see your ex in person, as the mere presence of another person often calms the mood.
- Don’t hang on to old resentments, especially when your children are present.
- Take time to calm down and remind yourself that the remaining connection to your ex is solely about the welfare of your children.
- Bite your tongue when you are tempted to speak ill of your ex in front of the kids.
- Talk to your ex about how to handle discipline, school projects, health-care matters, extracurricular activities and other situations you both need to have input on.
Source:’ ‘After Divorce, Take Steps to Smooth Parenting Issues‘ by Doreen Nagle, published in The Indianapolis Star.