You know that you and your co-parent need to work together to raise your child. You want to do this, but it’s also clear that the two of you have communication issues. Every time that you have a serious conversation, it seems to escalate into a conflict or an argument.
One potential way to get around this is by texting instead of talking in person. This provides you with some separation and can help to keep emotions out of the conversation. You don’t have to make small talk or discuss anything else that happened. If you just have a question about when to pick the kids up from school or something of this nature, a few words in a text message accomplishes that goal without any arguments.
Texting also gives you a chance to cool down
Another benefit of texting, if you’re feeling angry or frustrated, is that you don’t have to answer that text message instantly. You can take 10 minutes, cool down, and then send your answer. This can also help you avoid saying something in the heat of the moment that you’re going to regret later. Naturally, this works both ways, so it can also keep your ex from doing things designed to instigate an argument.
This is certainly not a perfect system, in the sense that arguments and conflicts can still happen, but it helps to show the importance of smooth communication. As you and your co-parent adjust to this new lifestyle, make sure you are well aware of all of your parental rights and your legal options.