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Limit negativity while co-parenting

Co-parenting is rarely an easy task. Dividing child custody time with your ex can be emotionally draining and difficult for everyone involved, especially if enmity exists between parents. New Orleans child custody experts provide a few tips for ex-spouses who may be struggling to make their parenting agreement work after a divorce.

Parents can help their children and themselves by planning custody and visitation schedules together. The adults need to remember to put aside any negative feelings as they negotiate birthdays, holidays and other special events. If you are organized and prepared, you are less likely to have a negative response when a scheduled visitation arrives.

Adults are further encouraged to limit the number of questions they ask their children after they return from the other parent's home. If children want to talk about their time with the other parent, they should be allowed to do so; otherwise, questioning should be kept to a minimum and focus placed on the time spent together. This also relates to adults' tendency to express negative feelings about their ex-spouse. Parents should remember to keep their unpleasant thoughts to themselves rather than inflicting them upon their children. Talking negatively about the other parent can create confusion and resentment in children.

Furthermore, divorced parents should realize that they will likely be required to not only be in the same room together but also to get along during certain events. Negative feelings should be camouflaged. Children may be involved in sports, for example, which would require both parents to support them. The custody agreement is designed to benefit the children, and be awkward at times for the parents.

Finally, parents should be open to sharing information about their children. This can include photographs, stories and other tidbits that can help involve both parents in their children's lives. An amicable relationship with the ex-spouse is not only beneficial to the children, but also provides the parents with better emotional health throughout their co-parenting experience.

Source: Huffington Post, "No more ex games," Lois Tarter, Jan. 26, 2013.

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