How do you build a parenting partnership with someone with whom you couldn’t build a lasting relationship? If communication was difficult when you were a couple, it may also prove challenging as you aim to parent your child together, in separate households. Kids are counting on their parents to be up to this challenge, so how does co-parenting work? Parenting Expo speakers Deesha Philyaw and Michael Thomas, co-founders of co-parenting101.org and co-authors of “Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce,” say to take a business-like approach to co-parenting.
- Keep strong emotions in check by thinking of your co-parent as a partner in a business you’re 100% committed to the success of: your child’s well-being.
- Create a shared parenting plan detailing the responsibilities and details of your “business”, e.g., a parenting time schedule and provisions related to kid-related expenses.
- Document communication with your co-parent through emails and texts. As with professional correspondence, keep the tone professional and courteous, even when disagreements arise.
Deesha is a writer whose credits include The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Essence magazine. Michael works in the financial services industry. They have appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show,” and co-parenting101.org has been featured in Woman’s Day, Redbook, and Parents magazine. They have co-parented their two daughters since their divorce in 2006.
To learn more parenting tips from Deesha and Michael and other leading parenting experts, visit one of Parenting Expo’s, www.parentingexpo.com, 2014 venues. Parenting Expo is the one event that is all about parenting. A two-day family-friendly event, parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators will have an opportunity to receive up-to-date information on what’s important to them right now – from prenatal care to raising teens. In addition, attendees will walk away with meaningful coupons, giveaways, goody bags full of products from exhibitors, and opportunities to win prizes throughout the expo. Parenting Expo is slated for 5 cities in 2014:
- Pittsburgh: March 8 – 9, 2014 Monroeville Convention Center
- Cleveland: April 26 – 27, 2014 International Exposition (IX) Center
- Columbus: August 16 – 17, 2014 The Greater Columbus Convention Center
- Cincinnati: September 20 – 21, 2014 The Duke Energy Convention Center
- Indianapolis: October 25 – 26, 2014 Indiana Convention Center