What is Co-Parenting?
Co-Parenting is a tool utilized in focusing on how to raise children in a two-household environment as a result of separation/divorce. The co-parents mutually agree:
1. to Learn how to effectively communicate and co-parent for the children’s well-being;
2. to Understand and Comprehend the impact of separation/divorce on the children;
3. to Decide to minimize and/or eliminate parental conflicts that negatively impact the children and often put their children torn between the co-parents;
4. to Develop and Act on a co-parent plan that will guide them on how to raise the children;
5. to Respect the parental choices of each other; and
6. to Create a positive and safe environment for their children to grow.
The co-parent counselor will provide, coach, consult, guide, counsel, and etc. to achieve/obtain the above goals. The co-parent counselor will minimize or eliminate being biased to either parent and continue to keep the focus on the well-being of the children.
In Co-Parenting, the following are the core elements, which are to:
- Communicate effectively.
- Respect/Honor the co-parent roles.
- Establish healthy and adaptable/flexible (and often times firm) boundaries.