1. Communicate. The fastest way to “fan the flames” of an already strained co-parenting relationship is to fail to communicate with your co-parent. It may seem tedious and frustrating to notify your co-parent about your plans, events, or schedule, however, it will pay large dividends in the future. If both co-parents communicate with each other about the the best interests of their children, then the tension will diminish and the co-parents will be able to work together much easier when a major life decision for the children arises. 2. Share information. There is nothing worse than not knowing about, and subsequently missing, a special event for your child. One common issue that arises in co-parenting relationships is when your child’s teacher/school sends information home about school events, field trips, or other activities. The parent who receives the information fails to pass it on to their co-parent so they can participate in the activity as well, causing them to miss it. Such action breeds hostility and anger from the co-parent who was not allowed to participate and from the child who may feel like the parent who missed the activity does not care about them or their achievements. Thus, when you receive information, share it immediately. Your co-parenting relationship will be much smoother, and you won’t have to worry about missing an event yourself in the future that you were never “told” about. 3. Compromise. There is no doubt that co-parenting can be a difficult endeavor. It often occurs that co-parents fails to see “eye to eye” on issues related to their children. It is also very easy for co-parents to become entrenched in their positions and a stalemate occurs between the co-parents. To alleviate the tensions between co-parents, co-parents should try to compromise with each other as much as possible. However, that compromise must be “give and take”. If one co-parent always “bends” and the other maintains a rigid position, then the co-parents are not actually compromising. Both co-parents should “give” a little to accomplish what they really want; i.e. the “take”. If co-parents can communicate, share information and compromise with each other they will save themselves tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and litigation costs, they will have a healthier happier relationship with their co-parent, and their children will not be negatively affected by their parents’ “issues.” We at ParentScope can help! ParentScope offers a user friendly platform which will take the emotion, difficulty, and frustration out of co-parenting! Give us a try, it will be the best decision you ever make!