On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
Raising children is never an easy task but for Missouri residents who have gotten or are getting divorced, the challenges associated with parenting can be even greater than when they were married. Even after two people are no longer married, they must still find ways to work together for the good of their children. In this way, they are not really able to be full divorced of one another.
As U.S. News and World Report indicates, the way in which divorced parents work together can have a significant impact on their children. Co-parenting requires patience and consciousness to facilitate a positive experience for all. One thing recommended is for each parent to find opportunities to say something nice about the other parent to or around their children. This will not only create a generally positive atmosphere but is one way of letting kids know that it is safe for them to love both parents.
On the flip side, parents should make every effort to avoid saying anything negative about each other in the earshot of their kids. Doing this puts a wedge between them and may make children feel uncomfortable as they naturally want to love both parents and feel positively about them.
Psychology Today adds that another important thing for parents to do is to establish a set of rules that is shared and followed at both homes. In this way, moms and dads can create a united front even when living separately. The more parents can be with in sync each other, the better for the emotional health of the kids.