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Co-parenting Resources for Single Parents

Co-parenting isn't easy, but there are things you can do to enhance your relationship with your ex as you raise your children together. Get answers to common questions, learn how to set clear boundaries, and more.
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How to Reduce Custody-Related Conflict
Learn how to manage conflict with your ex so you can both focus on what's most important -- your kids.

How to Negotiate a Compromise
Compromises are never easy, but they're an important part of co-parenting. Learn how to negotiate a compromise with your ex using these practical tips.

6 Sample Joint Custody Schedules
While many parents go with the traditional alternating weeks routine, there are other options to choose from. Here are six sample custody schedules, complete with color-coded calendars to help you make sense of the options available to you.

Parenting Plan Questions and Answers
Filing a parenting plan with the state will ensure that you both agree about how you're going to raise your kids, from establishing a regular residential schedule, to the frequency of visits, communication, and more.

Pitfalls of Ex Communication
Ex communication can be tricky. It's easy to take things the wrong way, only see the worst in the other person, or repeatedly miscommunicate. Find out what five habits you need to avoid in order to improve communication with your ex.

Set Healthy Boundaries in Relationship With Your Ex
Healthy boundaries are vital to surviving as a single parent. Learn how to set healthy boundaries with your ex, from communicating about the kids, to creating physical boundaries with one another.

Consistent Co-parenting
Consistent co-parenting requires a lot of work and collaboration. Find out how you can be more consistent with your co-parent in several areas of your parenting, and how developing consistent co-parenting habits can benefit your children.

Co-Parenting Communication: Rebuild Trust With Your Ex
You can't co-parent effectively with someone who is not willing to meet you half-way, and it goes without saying that you should not have to do all the work by yourself. However, you also know that the purpose behind your efforts is, continually, to do what is best for your children. They deserve to have a relationship with your ex, regardless...

Book Review of We're Having a Tuesday
We're Having a Tuesday, by DK Simoneau, tells the story of one little girl who is frustrated with going back and forth between her two parents' homes. Through the story she learns to cope with what's happening and identify what she loves about living with each parent separately.

Set Boundaries With Your Ex, Phone Calls, and Communication
When communicating with your ex, phone calls may be convenient, but they can also become an added sources of tension. Find out how to set boundaries with your ex, phone use, and communication.

How Do You Encourage Your Co-Parent to Be More Involved?
Find out how other single moms and dads have successfully encouraged the other parent to be more involved in their kids' lives.

Set Boundaries With Your Ex, Texting, and Communication
When communicating with your ex, texting is quick and convenient, but it can also lead to a lot of misinterpretation. Find out how to set boundaries with your ex, texting, and communication in general.

Avoid Having Sex With Your Ex
Having sex with your ex can create a lot of challenges, from interfering with getting over the relationship, to giving your kids false hope about a reunion. Learn how to set boundaries with your ex so that you can avoid the confusion caused by having sex with your ex after a breakup.

10 Alternatives to Bashing Your Ex in Front of the Kids
In front of the kids, especially, it's important not to bash your ex. These 10 tips for biting your tongue will help you set a good example and maintain your integrity, even when you have every reason to be upset.

7 Ways to Communicate With Your Ex
Communicate with your ex. Learn how to experience better ex communication by looking at what works well for the of you and what doesn't.

How to Live With Your Ex While Preparing For Divorce
To live with your ex while preparing for divorce is a growing trend, due to the nation's economy. Find out how to cope with this hardship and begin to heal even while you're still living together for financial reasons.

10 Signs of a Healthy Coparenting Relationship
Coparenting is never simple, but parents who've worked hard to create a good working relationship will have a much easier time raising their children. Learn how to evaluate your coparenting arrangement and identify signs of a healthy coparenting relationship.

How to Live With Your Ex
Many couples are now finding that they must continue living together, at least for a while, because they can't afford to get a divorce. Find out how other single parents have made this arrangement livable with this "Readers Respond" feature.

Coparenting Tips
Coparenting is a challenge for many single parents. Frankly, including your ex may not come naturally at all, especially after everything you've been though. Yet, going out of your way to work together in a healthy coparenting relationship is one of the most selfless things you can do for your kids.

How to Co-Parent with a Narcissist
Do you suspect that your ex has a mental illness or personality disorder? Learn how to cope with four of the most challenging conditions, including narcissism, borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and bipolar disorder.

Set Boundaries With Your Ex for Changing the Child Visitation Schedule
Regular parent child visitation is an extremely important part of your family's routine. However, there will be times when one of you needs to reschedule a visit at the last minute. Find out how to set boundaries with your ex when it comes to your child visitation schedule and communication in general.

9 Ways to Support Your Ex’s Relationship With Your Kids
Encourage your ex to be involved without misleading him or her -- or your kids -- with these practical, doable strategies.

9 Ways to Support Your Ex’s Relationship With Your Kids
Encourage your ex to be involved without misleading him or her -- or your kids -- with these practical, doable strategies.

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