When you got married and had children, you never expected it would end in divorce and you would become a single parent.
Co-parenting with your ex may be difficult at first, but once you establish a steady rhythm, you may find that your family is more functional than ever.
Stop feeling guilty over the divorce
You wanted your children to grow up in a happy home with both their parents, but life had other plans. Now, you hate the fact that you work so many hours and you worry that your family will resent you for not spending enough time at home. The truth is your children will recognize your hard work and sacrifices. You should not allow parent guilt to impact your self-worth.
Build your support network
Single parenting is hard, and while you can carry the world on your shoulders, you should not have to do it alone. You and your former spouse can make a collaborative effort to care for your kids as a team, even though you no longer cohabitate. If you need more support, lean on family and friends who are ready and willing to help you through this tough transition period.
Be flexible with your ex
You and your ex do not have to be friends, but you do have to be partners. As your children grow, you may get emotional about letting them spend certain weekends, birthdays and holidays with their other parents, but your ability to be flexible and considerate only benefits your relationships over time.
These co-parenting tips will help you establish a new normal and approach your family routine with grace, positivity and hope for healthy, happy and well-adjusted children.