Co-parenting is all what you make of it. If you don’t want things to work out, you’ll always find a reason to argue with your ex-spouse. Conversely, if you’re devoted to providing your children with the best life possible, you’ll always find a way to make things work.

There are a variety of tips you can follow to help yourself and your children during this often stressful time. Here are five to consider:

  • Think about everyone’s feelings: Don’t focus so much on your feelings that you overlook what’s best for your children. Just the same, spend some time thinking about your ex-spouse, as this person is in the same position as you.
  • Keep an open mind with schedules: Yes, a schedule is extremely important when co-parenting, as it helps keep both parents on the same page. It also gives your children a clear idea of where they’ll be every day of the week. However, there are times when you have to adjust your schedule, such as if your children have an extracurricular activity or your ex is out of town.
  • Pick your battles wisely: As tempting as it is to argue with your ex about everything, this will only add stress to your situation. Pick your battles wisely, while getting into the habit of letting the small things roll off your back.
  • Know how to effectively communicate: It’s up to you and your ex to settle on the best way to communicate. If you’re able to get along, this won’t be an issue. Conversely, if you’re always fighting, it’s often best to communicate via text or email.
  • Don’t get in the way during visits: When your children are with their other parent, find something to occupy your mind. This ensures that you aren’t calling or texting your children, which could upset your ex.

By following these co-parenting tips, you’re able to help both yourself and your children lead a better life in the future.

If your ex-spouse is doing everything they can to make co-parenting difficult, review your parenting agreement and then discuss any changes that could clear the air. If that doesn’t work, you may need to take legal action to protect your rights.