North Carolina parents who are divorced, separated or who may never have been married but still want to be involved in raising their children need to find ways to work with their child’s other parent regardless of the nature of the relationship between the adults. The trend toward positive co-parenting is one that has been shown to be beneficial not only for children but also for parents. Co-parenting takes a lot of consciousness and work on the part of moms and dads, but it is possible.

As explained by Thrive Global, co-parenting may actually reduce the stress that both parents experience by reducing the amount of conflict between them. When interactions are more polite and less adversarial, it can be easier to make decisions together and keep the focus on what really matters – the children. When parents are in alignment on important matters like their expectations for the kids and how to handle discipline and boundaries, the children are more likely to adhere to the rules, thereby simplifying life for everyone.

Children benefit greatly when there is a consistent set of rules and expectations at both of their homes. It provides them with a level of security and safety that is essential for their emotional development and well being.

Talking Parents adds that research has shown that kids in families where co-parenting is successfully employed experience more positive performance in school, stronger self-esteem and increased social bonds that compared with children whose parents do not parent well together. Finding ways to communicate and share information is one element to making co-parenting work.