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How co-parenting can help children after a divorce

Most Minnesota parents know how difficult it can be to raise children after a divorce. That's because a divorce can be extremely emotional and raise a lot of painful feelings. However, despite these emotions most parents know that co-parenting their children with their ex is still the best way to raise them even after splitting up. Here are a few tips that can help divorced couples successfully co-parent their children.A primary key that can help divorced spouses be better co-parents is to center their attention on their children. This means taking all of their negative feelings about each other and putting them aside. Parents should be thinking ahead and striving to do what's best for their kids. Negative feelings about their ex should never be discussed with their children, but can be talked about with a trusted friend or family member.

Another important co-parenting tip is for ex-spouses to keep the lines of communication open between them, especially when it comes to their children. If a parent has to call the other to discuss a situation with their child, the parent may want to organize their thoughts first and calmly prepare to call their ex. They should try to maintain conflict-free communication.

Since parenting time involves a lot of decisions, cooperation and compromise are important skills that can help ex-spouses' co-parent better. They should try and raise their children using even, consistent guidelines. By having both parents apply the same set of rules and regulations, the children will have a clearer understanding of what is expected of them.

Parents who are going through a divorce should always try to put their children's needs first. Any Minnesota parent who is getting a divorce and has children may want to speak with a divorce attorney in order to more fully understand the different aspects of the process.

Source: helpguide.org, "Co-parenting tips for divorced parents," Accessed Aug. 31, 2015

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