Co-Parenting After Separation and Divorce
Co-parenting with a former partner can be difficult; it is even more difficult for the children involved. Learning how to co-parent effectively with a more productive outlook will help parents and children become healthier. Being on the same page and establishing a healthy environment in all homes is important. Remembering that the key is: Children come first.
Separation and divorce can be a long and stressful, journey. The court part is separate from the children and therapy aspect. This can be a difficult task, but remembering that your children will be happier without conflict can propel you to work harder.
Conflict is the issue, not the actual divorce or separation, so even if you are still married but have conflict in the marriage, learning to co-parent successfully will help your children's future. Raising your children peacefully is probably a goal for you.
If you start to see your children stressed out, that is a good trigger to start therapy for co-parenting, as well as therapy for your children. Children express differently than adults do, so play therapy sessions can help.
Co-parenting through the life span
Children of separation/divorce and grief cycle
Attachment and shame issues
Dealing with conflict
Boundary making and enforcing
Passing on issues generationally
Grief and loss of relationships