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November 8, 2013

Tips to improve co-parenting

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Disagreements. Work through challenges and differences by demonstrating respect for the other person and listening to his or her perspective. Most parents must reach agreement on education, medical concerns, sports and basic values. Parents need to keep talking until they reach compromises they can both live with.

Parenting tip: Co-parenting, even in the best of relationships, is highly challenging. Be willing to acknowledge and discuss this. Each parent should seriously consider his or her own role and try to see the other parent’s perspective. Most parents don’t disagree with the other parent just to cause conflict. There is often something of value to their position and perspective. Try to find what it is and consider it before reacting negatively. Many children would rather experience a less-than-ideal parenting decision than watch their parents argue.

Dr. Kate Roberts is a psychologist and parent coach on the North Shore. Questions can be directed to www.drkateroberts.com www.twitter.com/DrKateParenting, www.facebook.com/Dr.KateRoberts or www.pinterest.com/DrKateParenting

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