Co-Parenting is a business undertaken by 2 or more adults who jointly take care of the child (Ren), socialize, and generally handle the upbringing of the children for which they share equal joint responsibility. The term Co-Parenting usually means that both partners are involved with the child (Ren), although the legal aspects are often a different story and can involve both parties equally.
There are many advantages of co-parenting and there are a number of potential disadvantages as well. Co-Parenting can involve parents who have very different personalities and beliefs, but it can also be a positive experience for all involved if the children are able to share their experiences and learn from each other. It is important to work out whether or not co-parenting would be a good fit for you and your partner.
Co-Parenting can be a very good way of sharing time with your partner, helping you to spend more time with your children and giving your partner some sort of say in the way in which your children are raised. If you are not a family person or you have never had children of your own then co-parenting may not be suitable for you. There is also a need to consider how you can balance work with co-parenting. You should also have some idea of how much time your partner can devote towards the child (Ren) on a daily basis, and how they can make decisions for themselves if necessary. Whilst this does not mean you have to be a full-time mum or dad, you will still have to work hard to make both partners happy, so make sure you both get your fair share of attention.
Whilst co-parenting has many advantages for the children involved, it can also be a challenge in its own right. You will have to do all the parenting tasks yourself, such as ensuring your kids go to school, picking them up when they are home from school and getting them ready for a day at school. You will also have to spend time with them as parents, making sure they know you love them and that they are safe. Although you will obviously spend most of your time with your partner, it is important to ensure your kids are well taken care of at home and that they feel comfortable in your company and that you can provide any necessary supervision when they want to leave.
Many children take advantage of co-parenting and can benefit from shared activities such as sports, clubs or activities, and can even be involved in a religion or community. This will enable them to have someone else to talk to, listen to and encourage them.
The children who co-parent normally share the same view of things as their parents. This is probably not the case, unless their parent is the same gender as their parents. It is quite likely that most children do not share the same views, but you could have a few children who are very happy in their own way and others who may not be so happy with their parenting methods.
When working out whether co-parenting will suit you and your partner, it is important to look at how your child’s behaviour affects your relationship with your partner and your children. If you both do not get along with one another then co-parenting may not be the right choice for you.
The great thing about co-parenting is that it does not necessarily require a long term commitment; most relationships can be maintained between co-parenting and a marriage. There may be times when you cannot keep a household together, or there is another situation in which a divorce may be required, but these will be rare.