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Do’s and Don’ts of Co-parenting in the 21st Century


Parenting does not come with an instruction manual. It is tough for parents living together, so you can imagine how rocky it can be for co-parenting partners.


Being a parent is said to be one of the greatest and most fulfilling pleasure a person can experience. As it allows you to nurture and bring up a life, equipping one to be a better decision maker, and a more responsible human.

Separated families tend to have a hard time raising their kids. That is where co-parenting comes in, and most people do not know how to go about it.

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Here are some tips for successful co-parenting:

  • Do; Involve each other in decision making

Just because you happen to be living with the kids does not mean that you are entitled to make all the decisions for them; especially life-altering. You must involve the other party in making crucial decisions for your kids. Whether it is changing schools or getting another spouse, make sure they are aware.

The best way to ensure your kids grow to become productive is by involving your co-parenting partner in making decisions concerning your kids.

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  • Don’t; sabotage the other parent

It is very common for the parent living with the kids to find shady things to say about the other parent. When most may think that it is best to air all, it is rather damaging to the reputation of the other parent to the children. Just because you have bad blood with the other parent does not mean that your kids should too.

  • Do; communicate with each other on matters involving your kids

Every other day, as a co-parent, make it your goal and responsibility to talk to your fellow parent about what is going on in your child’s life. Whether they are getting bad/good grades in school, their newest crush, or their goals, let the other parent feel involved in your child’s growth.

  • Don’t; use your children to get back at each other

Sometimes the devil in you would want to use your kids as leverage or a way to get in/out of something. Let it be known that it is a douche move and your kids should not have to get into your chaos as parents. Avoid using your children as a means to an end, be it for money, attention, or such.

Do not use your children as scapegoats just to get what you want from your co-parent

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At the end of the day, co-parenting is tough. However, its success depends on how ready both parents are willing to make it work because again, it is not just about you anymore, it is about your kids.


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