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I like to think of myself as independent. Chances are, you’d say the same about yourself. It’s a positive attribute: to be able to manage one’s own interests, work and lifestyle without too many outside influences or reliance on those around you.
But when you’re co-parenting, it’s okay to be interdependent.
In my case, when it comes to my career, the success of my business is dependent not only on me, but on my husband, Josh, too. And the same applies to him. We rely on being in sync with one another to enable both of us to thrive, as professionals and as parents.
Just look to the research. When we look at parenting and career in the context of family and relationships, there are a few things humans are inclined to do:
Co-parenting is a huge juggling act. That’s why it’s so important to have conversations, and for those conversations to have clarity. Be accountable – can you honestly say that you’ve expressed your parenting frustrations or described your dream career to your partner when you’ve needed to? The more clarity, the less likely resentment can kick in. The conversations will empower you both to be aligned, happy and strong.
Below are three co-parenting model types to explore and use in order to help yourselves to build that strong, healthy relationship for you and your children.
All of these parenting team models are valid. One is not better than the others: it’s about what works for your relationship. It’s like crepes vs. pancakes: they’re made out of the same ingredients, just different amounts. Both taste equally delicious for breakfast.
Similarly, we see three models emerging when it comes to managing careers in a co-parenting relationship:
Of course, we’re never just parents and we’re never just workers with careers. The Intime Collective’s digital masterclasses deliver evidence-based wellbeing experiences for employees, centred around strengthened personal relationships and the direct link between contentment at home and success in the workplace. If co-parenting masterclasses are something you’d like to explore for your employees, we’d love to chat about how that might look! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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