Couples who parent together after their marriage has ended face the unique challenge of raising children as a team despite differences in opinion or circumstance that ultimately resulted in the termination of their marriage. People who prioritize their children above anything else and implement boundaries to support effective communication may support the creation of valuable parent-child relationships.
Research suggests that co-parenting agreements built on a foundation of mutual respect, support and concern for a couple’s children are much more likely to benefit everyone involved than volatile relationships otherwise would.
Helping children through divorce
Divorce is a difficult situation for anyone involved, especially for young children who do not understand why their family’s dynamic has shifted so dramatically and suddenly. According to Kids Health, arguably the most important thing for parents to do when co-parenting is to refrain from talking badly about each other in front of their children. Additionally, if there are concerns to discuss, parents should plan for a time to have those conversations when their children are absent.
Benefits of cohesive co-parenting
Some of the benefits of cohesive co-parenting as discussed in an article from helpguide.org include the following:
- Children have a healthy example of problem-solving and conflict resolution in relationships.
- Children experience the security and reassurance of a healthy relationship with their parents.
- Children learn healthy ways of coping with emotional and mental needs.
Parents with a healthy co-parenting relationship provide their children with the benefit of consistency. Children who know what to expect have a higher chance of thriving and overcoming the challenges of their parents’ divorce.