A positive and supportive co-parenting relationship isn’t a dream - it’s achievable even if you’ve had an unhappy marriage and divorce. In this interview, Grant candidly talks about the end of his marriage, the creation of a positive co-parenting relationship and the restoration of an important friendship. If you’d like to hear the flip side of this co-parenting coin, you can listen to Sue in the previous episode of the show.
We cover a wide range of topics:
- facing the “big” separation emotions;
- taking care of yourself at this tough time;
- what helps co-parenting: responding rather than reacting, compromising, acknowledging mistakes and recognising that there will be “bumps in the road” whenever you co-parent - whether your separated or not;
- how step-parents can bring a new positive dimension to a child's life…and much more.
Grant and I talk in some detail about some of the parenting arrangements, like pocket-money and dividing time, and I left these segments in the podcast because I think it may be helpful for some parents to hear how these arrangements can be pieced together and the emotions at play as arrangements are changed - especially when time spent with a treasured child is reduced.