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Try to keep the issues minimal in your parenting relationship

When you have to work with your ex to parent your children, disagreements can easily get blown out of proportion. It is imperative that you try to keep the number of serious arguments to a minimum so that your parenting relationship doesn't devolve to a point where it can't recover.

One of the best ways to keep the small issues small is to take a step back and ask yourself if this is going to affect your child in the future. Sometimes, arguments are so trivial that the point might be more of you trying not to give your ex his or her way or your ex trying to not let you have your way.

The focus of every decision you make has to be your children. When you keep the focus there, you will likely find that many of the things you and your ex are fussing about actually have a very simple solution. If your child is old enough to give an opinion, it might help to find out what the child wants.

When there are major issues that come up, make sure that you keep the focus on the issue at hand. It is easy to start bringing in other issues, but this is often counterproductive. You and your ex might be able to come to an agreement easier if you sit down with a piece of paper and write out the pros and cons of each option.

There are some issues that you might not be able to resolve without help from a professional. Mediation might help in those cases, so be willing to call that option into play if you need to.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "Can't Stop Sweating The Small Stuff?," accessed Nov. 03, 2017

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