“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” ― Steve Maraboli
The first step in your co-parenting journey is to make a commitment to your children, giving assurance that you are committed to learn how to co-parent, open to change, receptive to feedback, and you will give your all in order to grow as a parent, a co-parent and a person.
Don’t be afraid to begin the journey alone. Though it would obviously be ideal for you and your co-parenting partner to make the commitment together, don’t be afraid to start your transformation now. The tools and techniques will position you to serve as a positive role model. Share your knowledge with your co-parent. Encourage them to try the tools and techniques that you are finding most valuable, or share some of the helpful quotes, anecdotes, and epitaphs. Make the journey fun.
Of course co-parenting is greatly influenced by the reciprocal interactions of each parent. To gain the most out of co-parenting, you both need to sincerely be committed. You will need to be able to set aside any differences, bitterness or vengeful feelings. You will need to actively listen to each other. And, you will need to trust again.
It helps when you keep your focus on your children. Always think ahead as to how your behavior and your actions today, are largely determining your child’s health, happiness and their future. This will be one of your keys to success.
But remember, it only takes one person to rise above and take the first step in building a successful co-parenting relationship!
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” ― Neil Armstrong