Whether parents are divorced or never married, their relationship may end; but the parent’s relationship with a child continues, and that is in the child’s best interest.
Co-parenting is the common term used to describe noncustodial parents who play an active role in their children’s daily lives. The key to successful co-parenting is how well parents work together to put the child’s needs before their own.
Because break-ups are emotional, it’s easy for the adults to focus on the things that led to the divorce: the pain, problems with the ex and other behaviors that harm children. Blended families can include new spouses and extended families. Everyone in the blended family needs to learn new skills and behaviors to help children adjust and to ensure the health of a new relationship.