For some divorced parents in Georgia, co-parenting can be a reminder of
the troubles that they had in their marriage. That is why some find it
so difficult to work together and co-exist afterwards. However, they need
to remember that co-parenting is for the best interests of the child and
parents should not be confounded by the problems of the previous marriage.
As difficult as it may seem, parents need to work together to raise their
child. The following co-parenting tips can help ease the tension, as a
well as help a child cope with a new parental arrangement.
Keep the status quo. After a divorce, parents often want to try something
new. However, when it comes to disciplining the child, it is important
to keep the status quo. Things can get chaotic during and after a divorce,
and a child can get lost in the shuffle. Maintaining the same set of rules
gives a child a sense of order and balance. Although having an 8 p.m.
bed time may seem unimportant, such things are essential in helping a
Keep a united front. This may seem complicated for parents who could not
keep their own relationship together. But being united means being consistent
when it comes to disciplining a child. This means keeping the same house
rules in both homes. So even if a child goes back and forth between homes,
the child knows what is wrong or right. This also means that parents should
not overturn decisions that they have already agreed to. At the same time,
a parent should not use a child to get back at the other parent, nor should
a parent vent their frustrations on a child.
Finally, Georgia divorced parents should always continue to communicate.
Child custody and visitation is difficult, not only for parents, but especially
for a child. Keeping the lines of communication open can help parents
understand themselves, their former spouse and even their child better.