Please note – there is NO judgment here – whichever parenting method/style allows a post-divorce family to adhere to a Parenting Plan and involves the least emotional turmoil for everyone – that’s the best option for that family!
- Co-Parenting: Both parents are able to set aside (or hide?) any negative emotions related to the other in order to communicate and to agree on how to raise the child(ren), presenting a “united front”.
- Parallel Parenting: Each parent decides how to define his/her individual time with the child(ren) and the rules for his/her own home — without influence or interference from the other parent.
It is generally the hope that post-divorce parents could Co-Parent their children. If you are just now starting to think about a divorce, and would like to Co-Parent your children post-divorce, why not stack the deck in favor of your kids?
The following article from the Huffington Post gives one person’s perspective on why, after 7 years of attempting to Co-Parent, she found Parallel Parenting