7. Joining Forces Co-parents must cooperate. The “co” in both “cooperate” and “co-parent” means “together”, which can be challenging when you’ve decided you can’t be together. Understand that the child you are raising is that point of contact—that in co-parenting after divorce you must “operate together”, even if in all other aspects of your lives you are separate.
8. The Power of Process An important step toward being there for your child is to process the situation. It is crucial to understand and accept your role in the separation, to take responsibility for yourself in the relationship and to grow from that as you step up to co-parenting the child you created together.