Co-Parenting and Communication

Communication is important when co-parenting, especially when both parents are living separately. Both co-parents are responsible for communication, but when one parent gets off-track and heads towards conflict, it can be difficult for the other to not follow. Reduce the chances of sparking conflict by agreeing to a few communication guidelines (Boyan & Termini, 2009).

Tips on How to Develop New Communication Skills with Your Co-Parent

1.) Agree on a method of communication (Text, Phone calls, E-mails, or Web-based forums)

2.) Discuss the frequency of communication: Usually once a week is fine unless there is an emergency or other special situation.

3.) Select appropriate issues for discussion such as your child’s health, your child’s school performance, your child’s extracurricular activities, time management problems, and changes to the schedule.

4.) Use a respectful tone

5.) Avoid negative body language such as rolling of the eyes, giving disapproving looks, or having an aggressive body stance

6.) Select your words with care. Try to avoid words that criticize, blame, accuse, interrogate, command, or demand.


Citation: Boyan, S. B., & Termini, A. M. (2009). Crossroads of Parenting and Divorce: 5 Steps to Prevent Divorce Abuse. Active Parenting Publishers.



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Communicating with Non-Verbal Children

Do you work with or have non-verbal children of your own? This is a great opportunity to learn some strategies to communicate with children who have speech difficulties and delays. “Communicating with Non-Verbal Children” will be held on Monday, May 2 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Parents and providers are strongly encouraged to attend! Cost is $25/Member and $30/Non-Member. Call 301-290-0040 to sign up or register online at the following link-