Co-parenting as a Young Parent

Relationships with your child’s other parent can be complicated. Families are made up in lots of different ways and there are no right or wrong ways.

The Ping group shared their advice on managing relationships whether you’re with your partner or living separately.

Relationships as parents

Relationships with your child’s other parent can be complicated. Families are made up in lots of different ways and there are no right or wrong ways.

We asked our Ping parent group their advice on managing relationships whether you’re with your partner or living separately.

Some top tips about keeping your relationship healthy when you’re together:

  1. Relationships should add to your happiness, not make it.
  2. Set boundaries – be clear with the other person what you are comfortable with and what doesn’t make you happy.
  3. Be a team. Having equal responsibility of tasks such as putting baby to bed or washing the dishes can help to make sure you both feel valued and part of a team.
  4. Take time apart. Having your own hobby gives you time to yourself and can help to keep your relationship healthy.
  5. Relationships are hard work – be prepared to compromise.
  6. Put your phone down. Social media is great but be sure to take time to chat and enjoy each other’s company.

What is co-parenting

Co-parenting is when two people aren’t in a romantic relationship but work together to raise their child or children. This can involve taking an agreed time share of caring for your children and both providing clothes and essentials for them.

Child maintenance is often used to work out an agree amount of money to be provided by the parent without day-to-day responsibility for the child. You can find out more about child maintenance from Child Maintenance Options.

Being a single parent

Parenting on your own means that you have 100% of the responsibility for your child. This can have good and bad bits. You might feel overwhelmed or tired and it’s important to make sure you look after your own well-being too. Try taking help from family and friends and spend time doing things you enjoy.

Positives of being a single parent:

  • You don’t need to make parenting decisions with anyone else
  • You only have you and your child/children to think about
  • You can spend your time as you like

Blended families

Blended families are when two parents separate and find new partners. The ‘new’ family can be made up of step parents and step siblings who aren’t biologically related.

Parentline Scotland can help give advice and resolve problems associated with step-parenting. You can call them on 08000 28 22 33 or visit Parentline Scotland.

Citizens Advice can provide more information on separation and child maintenance.

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