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De-stressing your co-parenting relationship - Part I

Co-parenting can be a uniquely stressful endeavor. Chances are that your child is incredibly precious to you. In addition, chances are that you and your child’s other parent are no longer romantically linked because you have numerous differences and various tensions between you. When you pair the care of your precious child with a challenging relationship with his or her other parent, tensions are almost certain to inflame. After all, your child is worth fighting for and you likely do not need to look far for an excuse to fight with your child’s other parent.

Thankfully, there are several things that you can do in order to keep tensions relatively low and arguments relatively infrequent with your child’s other parent. The key to de-stressing your co-parenting relationship is “proper” intentions. If you consistently either seek conflict or react instantly to your co-parent’s desire for conflict, your co-parenting relationship will remain tense. However, if you are willing to pursue peace for your child’s benefit and your own benefit, your co-parenting relationship can become less stressful in a short period of time.

How can a certain intention allow you to de-stress your co-parenting relationship? By focusing on your desire for peace and constructive co-parenting, you will be less likely to seek conflict and less likely to react to your co-parent’s conflict-seeking behaviors. You will be more likely to remain calm, to remain focused and to work constructively towards achieving your child’s best interests.

Please check back in as we will be continuing our discussion on this important topic in a future post. Specifically, we will discuss ways to form these intentions and ways to put these intentions into action.

Source: The Huffington Post, “6 Ways To Make Co-Parenting Less Stressful,” Brittany Wong, June 24, 2015

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