Most New Hampshire parents would agree that family life can be wonderful yet challenging at times. Especially if parents have decided to divorce, such a decision causes disruption in a daily life routine, particularly for children. If co-parents are constantly engaged in confrontation, it can make adapting to a new lifestyle difficult for everyone involved.
To maintain a peaceful co-parenting relationship, parents can discuss important issues ahead of time, such as whether they will implement the same rules in both households. This might not be a good idea if each spouse has a different parenting style. In that case, parents should talk about any issues they disagree on, and try to develop a plan regarding discipline, privileges (such as teens getting a driver’s license) and other child-related matters. It is not uncommon for parents to disagree at times, but what is most important is how they handle their disputes.
Children may experience stress if one or both parents use them as messengers to avoid direct communication with each other. A co-parenting arrangement can be amicable as long as both parents agree to use respectful tones and speech when speaking to or about each other in person. Some people can’t seem to get along no matter how hard they try. In such cases, it might be best to agree to use text messaging or email for correspondence regarding the children.
It is one thing if a New Hampshire parent does not like or agree with a co-parent’s way of doing things when the children are in his or her custody. It is another problem altogether if one parent is trying to undermine the authority of the other or is attempting to turn the kids against their other parent. These types of problems can be avoided if parents agree from the start to work as a team and to cooperate or compromise as necessary when a situation calls for it.