Raising your children involves some days that are harder than others. Sure, your co-parent helps you provide no lapse in caring for your children — even with all of life’s curveballs. But what happens if your ex-spouse also has communication habits that can make co-parenting seem impossible at times?
Many co-parents can continue to build each other up by creating a communication plan that allows them to stay organized and respectfully talk through issues. Thankfully, in these modern times, you can use messaging and co-parenting apps to keep each other in the loop.
Having some predictability in the way you keep one another posted can release tension on its own. If you’re co-parenting with your ex, then chances are you on good terms with them and are able to put aside your past for your young ones. And you probably live for midday photos of your children’s smiling faces that your co-parent sends when you are apart from them.
But what if your co-parent sends information about one child’s upcoming doctor appointment via email, they initiate summer vacation scheduling on Facebook Messenger and bombard you with various texts all at once? Addressing their messages are necessary, but it can be frustrating to have to remember where to dig for a specific message. Instead, choosing one platform to communicate can prevent important details about your children’s needs from becoming buried or forgotten.
Maybe you have to battle last-minute texts about your ex wanting to change child pick up times almost every week. Or maybe having to guess when might be a good time to call your ex to chat about something child-related is challenge you face.
If you are looking for an additional layer of organization in the way you connect with your co-parent, consider using a co-parenting app. In addition to a messaging feature, apps like Coparently can help you implement a system for submitting schedule changes and financial requests and organize emergency contacts.
Working together for the sake of your children is the key to co-parenting, and stronger communication can help you keep this focus.