Co-parenting is one of the most important yet often challenging tasks former spouses have to face after a divorce. Managing a cooperative dynamic with an ex is critical to the success and wellbeing of children from a past marriage.
These dynamics can often present their own set of difficulties, from open communication and civility to managing schedules and finances. With the onset of technology in a person’s everyday life, it’s now easier than ever to utilize additional resources to manage a co-parenting arrangement through digital means.
There’s an app for that
It’s a popular marketing phrase for a reason: nowadays there are apps for nearly every situation, including shared parenting duties. Apps and websites now allow for co-parents to manage shared responsibilities in a digital format. This can help stifle existing tensions and keep parents focused on the task at hand of sharing a healthy, productive parental dynamic.
Families can choose from a variety of apps and websites ranging in price and relevance for each familial need. Some of the most frequent features of these services include:
- Expense reports
- Messaging features
- Shared calendars
- Shopping lists
- Reminders for school and other tasks
- Collaboration between parents and children
Using an app specifically designed for co-parenting allows each participant to focus on parenting instead of outside drama and past tensions. The in-app messaging features can include any parental figures, kids and professional resources such as family counselors and attorneys.
Apps also allow for a more reliable system of accountability between co-parents. Most apps save conversations and past tasks indefinitely so users can know who said what when. Having an outside resource provide timestamps and record of everything from purchases to activities to medical records takes much of the confusion out of shared parenting.
However your family does it, co-parenting is an important element of post-married life. Not every family needs or wants to use an app to manage shared responsibilities, but these are helpful tools for those who seek accountability and civility in a co-parenting relationship. Consider using these and other digital tools to help focus on your child’s success and wellbeing after a divorce.