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Talking to the other parent can be stressful, and you don’t want to end up fighting and not getting anything accomplished. Here are some tips about how to make the most out of communicating with the other parent so you can get things done in a faster, less stressful way:

Think of parenting as a job (maybe even one with a co-worker you don’t like). If you talk with the other parent like it’s business, you can get right to the point and not waste time and emotional energy on arguments and stress.

Respect, or at least try to tolerate, the other parent’s parenting decisions

  • remember, you both want what’s best for your kids.

Set up a regular time to talk with the other parent about your kids. This may not be fun or convenient, but it’s important.

Remember to make important decisions about your kids together.

Talking to Your Kids

Helping children understand why mom and dad don’t live together is hard. If you are just making the decision to separate, it’s important to try and talk with the whole family (both parents, the kids, anyone else considered immediate family) all together. When talking to your kids remember the following tips:

Be honest about what has happened or is happening in the family. This doesn’t mean you have to go into details about your relationship as a couple. Make sure to think about what your kids can understand at their age and explain it at their level.

Stress how much you both still love your kids and that you will always be there for them.

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