Co-parenting is sometimes a challenging undertaking, but it’s one that usually allows children to thrive. If you and your ex are co-parenting, there are bound to be times when you can’t agree on certain matters. Scheduling conflicts can be particularly problematic.
When you and your co-parent face disagreements about your child’s schedule, it’s important to remember that your child’s well-being should be the priority. Consider these tips as you work to resolve scheduling conflicts with your co-parent.
Put the children first
Consider factors such as their age, school schedule, extracurricular activities and any special needs your kids may have. Make sure the schedule allows for consistency and stability because this enables them to thrive even though they’re going through massive changes. Sometimes, things like sporting events, competitions or similar events may require a major change in the parenting schedule, but this is also a chance for both parents to support their children.
Communicate directly with each other
Always speak to your ex in a respectful manner, and always talk directly to them. Sometimes, parents make the mistake of passing messages through their children. There’s a risk of miscommunication and a feeling of manipulation when kids are placed in the middle, so it’s best to avoid that. Try to have any tense discussions away from your children so they don’t hear things that might negatively impact them.
Compromise is usually best
Be willing to compromise and modify the schedule when necessary. The focus must be what’s best for the children. You shouldn’t ordinarily focus on what’s easiest for you or what’s harder for your ex. Remember, both parents must be willing to compromise for the good of the children and efforts to compromise shouldn’t always be made by one party.
Turn to the parenting plan
One component of a solid parenting plan is a dispute resolution process. You and your ex should come up with the terms for this while you’re both calm. It may behoove you to have a legal professional to help you develop the terms of the parenting plan. Ultimately, giving your children a loving and stable environment is best. Cooperative co-parenting can give them access to a parenting team that works toward that goal.