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Counseling may help bitter parents be better co-parents

Your child is likely the most important person in your world, but divorces can be messy and lead to complications that influence what he or she sees. How you act with your spouse at this point can leave bitterness, confusion or anger in young minds. One of the things you may want to try is a co-parenting counseling session, which can help you learn to co-parent with an ex-spouse you may not want to see.

Counseling is a safe place to discuss how you feel about your situation. You can discuss parenting issues in the open, helping resolve them away from a child with prying eyes and ears. You may need to take time to reach a stage where you can speak to your ex in an open manner about your child's needs, because divorce is messy and it can be heartbreaking. Still, for the child involved, finding a way to work together and to be friendly in front of them is the least parents can do.

Co-parent counseling can also bring up important questions about how you're planning to move on. If you remarry, for instance, how will that affect the other parent? Will that new person start to take over that role? How can you prevent that from happening, in the case that both parents are healthy influences on their child?

You can also discuss what happens if you take your child to the doctor, who will receive the information and how to move forward with anything to do with your child. The most influential thing about these counseling sessions is that you can work out aggression or anxiety away from your child, so he or she won't have to be influenced by it.

Source: Parenting, "Raising Healthy, Happy Kids Through a Divorce," Hayley Krischer, accessed Oct. 23, 2015

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