Co-parenting takes a skill set only those who've experienced it can obtain. After the birth of our daughter, my partner and I struggled to co-parent in an effective way. There was a lot of push and pull instead of compromise. What I've learned though, is that even when we struggle we somehow manage to figure things out. In other words, even when it's difficult, it's not impossible. Plus, there more than a few co-parenting rules that'll make your relationship stronger, too. Trust me. I know because I've lived by them ever since my partner and I decided the kid of live we wanted. Together.
My partner and I come from polar opposite backgrounds. I had a toxic, tumultuous upbringing, while he had a fairly traditional childhood. For a long time, our childhood differenced worked against us. Yes, when we had our daughter we grew closer, but co-parenting isn't easy. It's actually kind of hard. Disagreements took some time to maneuver through, and our overall goals didn't always match up.
Through a lot of work and patience, though, my partner and I have focused on some solid rules to help us co-parent in a way that makes us, and our relationship, stronger. Are we perfect? No way. But are we choosing to parent together, day in and day out, regardless? You bet. So with that in mind, here are some parenting rules you and your partner can follow, too: