When a new year approaches, many people reflect on their lives and set future goals. For co-parents, this can be an ideal time to focus on improving their communication and collaboration.
Here are a few New Year’s resolutions that can make a big difference in your co-parenting journey, especially if you are getting or recently finalized a divorce.
To prioritize communication
Open communication is essential for successful co-parenting. Resolve to communicate regularly with your co-parent about matters involving your children (such as education and health care). A co-parenting app or shared online calendar may help you stay organized and on track.
To focus on your children’s best interests
It is natural to disagree with your co-parent occasionally, but remember to keep your children’s well-being at the forefront. When making decisions, put yourselves in their shoes and ask yourselves what would be best for your kids in the long run.
To respect your co-parent and children
Never criticize or badmouth your co-parent to your children, as it could harm their emotional well-being. Instead, focus on maintaining a positive and respectful relationship with your co-parent, even if you do not see eye-to-eye on everything.
To listen actively and empathetically
When communicating with your co-parent, truly listen to their concerns and try to see things from their perspective. It may help you build a more understanding and collaborative relationship and could improve your co-parenting significantly.
To practice self-care
As you know, parenting can be challenging, so resolve to make time for your well-being. Schedule enjoyable activities that can help you exercise, relax and de-stress. Self-care may make you a better parent and co-parent.
If you are struggling with your parenting plan, and none of these resolutions seem to help, consider getting legal guidance. This can help you see how to work within Texas’ complicated child conservatorship (custody) laws to improve your parenting plan.