5 top tips for co-parenting after divorce
Whatever your relationship is with your ex, Marchelle Abrahams offers a few suggestions worth doing for the sake of your children, Hollywood-style.
Recently the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing and Healthy Mom&Baby published a series of articles highlighting the importance of fathers bonding with their newborns.
One study found that when fathers delayed bonding with their newborns, they risked altering the long-term course of paternal involvement, as the infant progresses throughout childhood.
Delayed bonding also increased the risk of paternal post-partum depression.
Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their “conscious uncoupling” in 2014? At the time, the couple were the butt of jokes and scorn. The media had a field day, but somehow the term stuck and other Hollywood power couples took a page out of their book.
Because “basically, the point of conscious uncoupling is how to stay a family when going through a divorce”, the actress said during a 2016 interview with Glamour magazine.
Divorce battles usually range from contentious to amicable and then there’s the in-between. Whatever your relationship with your ex, we’ve come up with a few suggestions that are worth doing for the sake of your kids - Hollywood style.
First day of school
Ever since splitting in 2015, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are still keeping things chummy for the sake of their brood, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel.
The ex-powerhouse couple still spend the day together when dropping their kids off for their first day of school. “They were focused on making sure each kid had a good first day back at school,” a source later told People magazine.
They were together for 10 years and both have moved on with their respective partners, but that doesn’t mean Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe can’t get along.
They still see each other regularly at daughter Ava’s and son Deacon’s sporting events.
Although they technically never tied the knot, Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy are the epitomé of #CoParentingGoals.
Just days after announcing their split in 2014, the couple jetted off to Aspen for an annual family trip with son Bingham. They have since made it a tradition by spending annual holidays together.
Exes Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon make co-parenting look a breeze. They’re always singing each other’s praises on social media, while making appearances at events with twins Monroe and Moroccan.
But the thing that they’re really good at is family photos. When it comes to special occasions and holidays, both share their memorable family snaps on Instagram.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore are probably the poster children for how to get it right.
Even after splitting in 1998, they were constantly pictured together while supporting their daughters or each other in their various endeavours.
And then there’s Courtney Cox and David Arquette. After their marriage ended in 2010, they remained close for daughter Coco’s sake.
But it seems that they are genuinely fond of each other.
In an interview with ABC News after competing in Dancing with the Stars in 2011, Arquette said of his ex: “It really was a goal of ours to not make it a fight, to really support each other and, although we’d grown apart, to stay connected, to stay friends, to still love each other.”