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Making a plan to make your co-parenting work

When you are co-parenting, you have to make sure that you are doing things in the way that is best for your child. You can't focus on you or your ex. This can be rather difficult but coming up with a plan might be helpful in these cases.

The game plan you have for co-parenting should be thought about carefully. It needs to include the goals that you have for the situation, but it also needs to outline how you plan to address potential issues. The good thing about the game plan is that you can work with your ex on some points and you can handle others on your own.

Since your plan isn't an official court-approved document, you can keep it as informal as you want. There doesn't have to be any complex elements in it. In fact, you might find it easier to use just a simple outline for this.

As you set goals, you need to think about what you need to achieve them. This is one part of the plan that you don't have to share with your ex. For example, if one of your goals is to improve communication, you might include steps to help you ensure that your ex's actions don't get the best of you.

Remember that your plan can change over time. As you meet one goal, move on to the next. Set these according to what your child needs at the time. When your child is old enough, have him or her participate in the process to set it. Ultimately, this should be a positive journey for you and your children.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "Your Game-Plan for Improving Your Co-parenting," accessed April 20, 2018

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