Divorce is a painful experience for anyone, but for children, who have no real say in their parents’ decisions, the physical and emotional reactions can be extremely damaging.
Children and Parenting Issues
Parallel co-parenting minimizes arguments between high-conflict divorcing parents while maximizing the involvement that each parent has in their child’s life. It allows both parents to be very involved in their children’s lives – without being involved in each other’s lives.
Different from a biological parent, a major thrust of being a stepparent is to be an adult friend to your stepchildren on some level.
What matters most for your children is the absence of conflict during co-parenting. Find your “sweet spot” on the co-parenting continuum.
Parental conflict during divorce can do more harm to a child than having separated parents. Follow these tips on protecting your children.