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Negative thinking works against co-parenting

Negative thinking works against co-parenting

There is one thing that is true in all co-parenting situations — you have to be willing to work with your ex to come to agreements for the betterment of the children. This isn’t always easy to do, so you have make sure that you are approaching these situations with the right attitude.

You can’t go into these situations with an all-or-nothing mentality. Instead, you have to remember that there is a middle ground. Even if things swing more toward your ex in a matter, that doesn’t mean that you are being shut out of the child custody situation.

It is a good idea to take a few moments and think about how various solutions will impact your children. You need to make decisions that are in their best interests. If your ex’s way is honestly the best option, agree to that. If your way is the best option, fight to make it happen. If there is a happy median that will be a good idea, suggest it.

Be careful when you are facing a stressful choice because these might exacerbate all-or-nothing thinking. In these cases, you might benefit from making a temporary agreement with your ex that will allow you to think about the solutions for a permanent answer to the problem.

You should remember that it is usually best if you and your ex can work together to come up with agreements on contentious matters. If you can’t do this, you can ask the court to issue a ruling but this will put a stranger in control of your child’s life.

Source: Our Family Wizard, “Is All or Nothing Thinking Damaging Your Co-Parenting?,” accessed March 02, 2018