When you’ve made the decision to start a family with someone, divorce is never the intended outcome. Yet, it happens all the time—and when it does, it’s often for the best. That said, figuring out how to child-rear with an ex is no picnic. I should know, because I’ve been doing it for over a year as a parent to a 5- and 7- year-old. The good news? After a bumpy start and a lot of learning, I have to say that all four of us are doing…pretty OK.
Everybody’s situation is different (I’m lucky to have an ex who agrees with me about the fundamentals of parenting), but if you’re navigating this strange new reality for the first time, I’ve got a few tips that might be useful…or, at the very least, provide some solace.