Angie Nickell, former Graduate Assistant, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri
Co-parenting involves negotiating how day-to-day parenting responsibilities and decisions will be shared. The extent to which parents can work together as partners in parenting is related to children’s adjustment and well-being. Studies have shown that children with parents who cooperate and support each other do better in school and have higher self-esteem. However, co-parenting can be especially difficult for divorced, separated and never-married parents who must work together while living apart. How can I effectively co-parent with my child’s other parent?
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