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De-stressing your co-parenting relationship - Part II

During our last post, we began a discussion about the stresses of co-parenting relationships. We observed that these relationships can be uniquely stressful for a few simple reasons. First, co-parents are compelled to work together even though the demise of their romantic relationships indicates that working together is not always very easy. Second, the person most affected by the strengths and weaknesses of your co-parenting relationship is your beloved child.

We noted hopefully that there are several things that co-parents can do in order to make their relationships more productive, more efficient and ultimately less stressful. We stressed that consistently monitoring your intentions and adjusting them when necessary can be an invaluable approach.

One intention that many co-parents find useful is treating their relationship as a business relationship. When your shared “business” interest is your child and your co-parent is your business partner, you can focus your interactions on any pressing or relevant matters as opposed to past hurts. Taking many charged emotions out of the equation can help to neutralize potentially toxic tensions before they escalate.

Similarly, you can benefit from setting an intention that you are going to do the absolute best with the situation before you, no matter how your co-parent behaves. You cannot control your co-parent’s approach, but you can significantly inform your own. Focusing your intention on your own positive behaviors will not only help to decrease your personal stress, it will help you provide your child with excellent behaviors to model in the future.

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

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