Co-parenting with your ex can be so hard. The same problems that broke up your marriage or relationship haven’t gone away, but you still need to work together with them to raise your children.
If your ex is deliberately making things difficult for your, the stress can be overwhelming. Even if they are not intentionally causing trouble, personality clashes and leftover resentment from the relationship can make working together super challenging.
But your kids are the most important thing, and you so much want them to grow up happy and healthy, even though your relationship with their other parent didn’t work out.
And they can.
If you and your ex are willing to work at this, you really can create a functional relationship where you work together for the best of the children. You can develop schedules, communication patterns, and agreements that allow the two of you to get along and manage the situation at least well enough to make sure the kids are getting the love and care that they need and that you want to give them.
We’ll also help you figure out what is realistic in your given situation. If your ex-partner is abusive, it is unlikely they are going to turn around and be cooperative no matter how much you try to make them. Recognizing this and learning how to deal with it can be a big weight off your shoulders.
The difficult truth is that sometimes a marriage cannot be saved. But as many divorced couples have discovered, if there are children involved, the relationship between the parents is never truly severed. Whether or not having the exes together in a room is possible, we can help you learn to work together for the benefit of your children and yourselves as well. Contact us for more information about co-parenting counseling if this sounds like your situation.
Jenna and Jake spent many years trying to make the marriage work. At the end of the day, they felt it just wasn’t worth it anymore. The anger and resentment that had festered over time had replaced the love they used to feel and they decided to call it quits. Soon after the divorce, they found that they had to interact with each other on parenting issues more than they had planned – and the results weren’t pretty. They realized that married or not, they had to find a way to work together so their kids wouldn’t have to suffer. The Baltimore Therapy Center’s co-parenting services provided a breath of fresh air for both of them to function as the parent they wanted to be.
You can also check out this classic book as a starting point in working on parenting and family post-divorce:
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