Your ex might be a dream co-parent, maybe even better than when you were together. Or maybe you’re not on speaking terms, communicating only through legal counsel. Or, maybe, the two of you are somewhere in between. Wherever you land on the divorced-parents-relationship spectrum, one slight turn of phrase could have big repercussions for your kids—and your future parenting—and that, according to clinical psychologist and family therapist Dr. Lauren Cook, is referring to your co-parent as “your mom” or “your dad.”
Meet the Expert
- Dr. Lauren Cook is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Lauren appears frequently in the media to provide commentary while also working with adults, couples, families and teens.