Communication and parenting after divorce can be complicated. As a result, conflicts with your ex-spouse can affect your children as well as your relationship with them. Here are some ways to ease tension and effectively communicate with your ex-spouse.
Decide How and When to Communicate
For some ex-spouses, certain types of communication may be more difficult than others. It could be beneficial to decide which type of communication is the most amicable for you and your ex-spouse. For example, some couples may communicate best face-to-face instead of texting. Other couples may have more issues face-to-face and decide that phone calls or texting work best for them. It is important for the sake of your children, and your sanity, to decide which form of communication is the most effective and least contentious.
Additionally, it can be helpful to establish boundaries about when to communicate with your ex-spouse – especially if you find yourself constantly on the phone arguing with them. Consider establishing that both of you can communicate via your preferred method on certain days or at certain times of the day. Another option is only communicating when there are custody exchanges, parenting time, or questions about the children. It is essential for your child’s wellbeing to communicate with your ex-spouse in a healthy and appropriate manner.
Here are Some Additional Tips
- Be Respectful
- Keep a Positive Attitude
- Avoid Arguing in front of Children
- Take a Problem-Solving Approach
- Seek out a Co-Parent Counselor
- Stay on Topic
- Seek Compromise
- Avoid Sarcasm and being Passive Aggressive
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