Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. However, parenting can also be extremely challenging, especially for California parents who have gone through a divorce or separation. These days, more and more parents are choosing a shared parenting, or co-parenting, child custody arrangement. Communication between parents is one of the most important aspects of co-parenting. Here are a few ways parents can make communication efficient and effective.
Listening is a crucial part of effective communication. Even if parents disagree about something, they should take time to listen to each other so that they can ensure other parent’s point of view is understood. Keep in mind that listening does not signify approval, so there is nothing to lose by allowing the other parent to express his or her opinion.
Consistent communication may be difficult following an emotional divorce or separation. However, co-parents should make a commitment to communicate frequently and consistently. Frequent communication among parents will show the children that both parents are united and committed to parenting.
Keep the past relationship in the past and approach parenting like a business partnership. In this case, the “business” is the children’s well-being. Approach and speak to the other party in a respectful and cordial manner as if they were a colleague.
Effective communication is like oxygen to a shared parenting arrangement. Without it, co-parenting will not survive. However, when parents communicate and keep the children as the top priority, the co-parenting arrangement will be a successful one. Parents in California who have questions or need legal guidance regarding child custody or child custody arrangements could benefit by seeking the services of an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney.