Co-parenting successfully is no easy feat. While there is likely a good reason that you and your co-parent are not parenting under one roof together, you can (and should) make every effort to co-parent well together. Understanding what co-parenting habits for successful relationships look like can go a long way toward streamlining this process.
"To co-parent effectively, communication is key. Parents should remember the mantra that both parents are important to their child or children," attorney Sheryl J. Seiden tells Romper.
Children benefit greatly from successful co-parenting relationships. As a mom to a son whose father doesn't live with us and a stepmom to two children who spend time going between two homes, I can personally attest that strong co-parenting skills take consistent effort on the part of both parents. Still, the benefits far outweigh the potential struggles. The older your kids get, the more they will benefit from co-parents who can communicate effectively, provide consistency across multiple households, and keep their priorities straight. It's not always easy, of course: Staying on the same page takes lots of compromise and commitment, and a willingness to put negative emotions on the backburner when necessary. Keeping these seven co-parenting habits in mind can help you accomplish just that.