What are some of the challenges that divorced parents face when co-parenting their children?
One of the biggest challenges I've faced is the children "playing both sides" when it comes to things they want. My ex and I have had to be extremely diligent in keeping our lines of communication open with regard to who said what. Rather than immediately believing the kids, we talk to each other and sort things out first. This process became extremely difficult when he re-married and his wife became very controlling and did everything she could to cut off contact between us. The kids suffered, and needless to say that marriage ended rather quickly because of the conflict she created within their household. My ex and I were able to resume our previous communication style and the kids are better off for it.
Thanks for sharing, Virtul Treasures. Manipulation was one of the biggest challenges we encountered with co-parenting our children as well. I agree, open communication between parents is key and can sometimes be difficult but is quite necessary.
I agree that manipulation is a big challenge. Also, avoiding making a monster out of a new relationship. If all the adults can act like adults then the children have an extra person that will love them. My ex-wife lied about wanting my new wife to be part of the family and has made her (my current wife's) life a living hell by telling our son that she was the cause of the divorce-She wasn't-my ex wife became a sex addict(but according to her, never had sex ) and internet addict
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