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How can I co-parent well?

Are you a divorced or separated parent in Wisconsin? If so, you know that even while you can separate yourself in many ways from your former spouse, when it comes to raising your children, you are not able to be fully separated from that person. For your own sake and especially for the sake of your children, finding ways to co-parent positively is extremely important.

Today's Parent recommends that a focus on reducing or eliminating conflict overall can be a great vision and set the stage for effective co-parenting. Certainly open hostilities between parents can be detrimental to children but kids are like radars in that they can pick up on your emotions. Therefore conflict between you and your ex that is not always in the sight or earshot of your kids can still have an impact on them.

Approaching conversations with your children's other parent like you would a colleague can help to keep a calmer atmosphere. Leveraging email or other electronic communication can also help as long as you know when to stop so as to avoid an email war. When with your children, make it a point to talk positively about their other parent and the things that the kids do with that parent. This is a great way to send the message to your kids that you support their relationship with their other parent.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give divorced or separated parents in Wisconsin some tips on how they can most effectively work together to raise ther joint children.

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