When your work life is stressful, the house hasn't been cleaned all week and you're dealing with a screaming baby in one arm and a defiant toddler in the other room, the last thing you're probably thinking about is how to make things easier on your partner or co-parent. Regardless of your day job, parenting is hard work and, while it definitely can lighten the load, doing it with someone else often feels like the cherry on top of the stress-sundae. However, there are certain things you should never say to your co-parent, even in the heat of the moment, whether they're your partner, ex or anything else.
Although some of these phrases seem harmless and even common in conversation, saying them in certain contexts — especially when stress levels are high or you're on the verge of a fight — turns them from innocent phrases to biting words that can wreak havoc on your relationship and, ultimately, your parenting. Remembering your co-parent is the other half in this messy business of raising children will not only help both of you be more sensitive to the other's needs but will result in a happier parenting relationship which results in happier kids. And that's a win/win for everyone.