Monday, April 27, 2009

Coparenting - Check this out

While checking out some new family law blogs, I ran across New Hampshire Family Law Blog. There I ran across Coparenting your children which caught my attention.

One of the most important things that parents in separate households can do for their children is cooperatively co-parent. Successfully co-parenting allows both parents to be involved in a child's day to day life. I recently came across a useful article published by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension titled "Co-parenting after Divorce."
Frankly, this is not a term I have seen before and now I wonder why not. I could not get thee link to the original article working, but that might be fixed now. I suggest you do think about the following:
Additionally, consider the road that you and the other parent do not want to go down. One of the most important aspects of co-parenting is keeping the children out of the middle. The article points out that:
Problems may develop if parents send messages to each other through their children. Problems also arise when a parent talks negatively about the other parent. Children may feel guilty and unsure of their parents’ love when they’re caught in the middle.

If a parent asks about a former spouse, children may report that things are fine, even if they’re not. Or children may say things to make one of the parents feel bad. Again, don’t use your children by putting them in the middle. If you want to know something about your ex-spouse, ask that person yourself.
Explore these behaviors that you and the other parent agree you will both avoid, and work any agreements into the parenting plan as well.
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