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THE KEY TO PUTTING KIDS FIRST: A Guide to Successful Co-Parenting

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Presented by the nonprofit organization, TIME TO PUT KIDS FIRST. This guide is for separated and divorced parents, as well as their grandparents, and anyone else seeking to put their kids first in regard to child custody interests.

Coparenting Guide

THE KEY TO PUTTING KIDS FIRST: A Guide to Successful Co-Parenting, outlines 8 fundamental principles for maintaining a peaceful co-parenting relationship. This co-parenting guide offers separated and divorced parents solutions for optimal cooperative care of their children. This reference is available as a digital download on this page by entering your name and email above and is also available to be printed for distribution to individuals, schools and community groups.

Co-Parenting

Co-parenting is when parents set their differences aside and work together as a team to raise a child after their divorce or separation. It includes sharing parental responsibilities and making joint decisions that affect the emotional and developmental needs of a child in everyday life.

Through co-parenting, a child’s parents seek to maintain an amicable relationship and share parental responsibilities or some amount of shared responsibility to benefit the child’s upbringing.

A principle of co-parenting is that a child has the right to maintain a stable relationship with both parents, even if they are separated or divorced, unless there is a recognized need to separate the child from one or both parents.

Such a right is based on the concept that to be a parent is a commitment that an adult takes with respect to his/her children — not to the other parent. Hence, that right cannot and must not be influenced by any kind of separation among parents.

By its very nature, co-parenting opposes the granting of child custody of exclusively to a single parent. Instead, co-parenting promotes shared parenting as a protection of the right of children to continue to receive care and love from both parents.

It is possible for parents to work together, even under strained circumstances, when they cooperate for the benefit of their children.

Time To Put Kids First was founded to help support children and those who love them through education on co-parenting and issues pertaining to children involved in custody disputes.

The Co-Parenting Commitment

Divorce and separation are never easy. Luckily for adults we have formed coping skills. Unfortunately for children, most have yet to begin developing these skills and suffer from the loss, pain, and confusion of the separation. Why make it any tougher on them?

Co-parenting has a multitude of benefits for children including:

  • Allows children to see that people can work past their differences.
  • Teaches and instills respect in children when they see the two most important people in their lives demonstrating mutual respect.
  • Provides children a sense of safety and security by maintaining a calm and peaceful environment.
  • Fosters extended love and support by involving both sides of their families in their upbringing.

By making this commitment to co-parent, you are pledging to your child that you will put their needs above your own and will do everything within your power to raise them in a happy, healthy, and secure environment that is filled with love, compassion, and respect to everyone involved in your child’s life.

THE KEY TO PUTTING KIDS FIRST: A Guide to Successful Co-Parenting

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