Parenting from different households (co-Parenting) can be painful and difficult. Some factors contributing to the stresses of co-parenting include:
Different parenting styles Different rules and discipline practices Different ideas about child responsibilities Emotional issues surrounding the separation Dealing with the practical issues of parenting from separate households Increased financial stress Varying assumptions regarding appropriate role of a parent Parents at different stages of the grief process Geographical distance New partner/family
There’s no question that talking about separation and divorce is stressful. Managing your issues and looking forward is a tough conversation even when you are getting along. Sometimes, it may be better to deal with the minimum number of topics to set up a separation. Perhaps if you can reduce the number of topics to the barest minimum, you can give yourself some space to let emotions cool and conversations to become more productive.