Once the basic framework of the family has been re-organized (where the children will be and when, how they will be provided for) the father and mother embark on the long and ever evolving process of co-parenting as separated parents.
It can be difficult, and often stressful, putting aside disagreements and relationship issues in order to work agreeably with your “ex.” Ultimately both parents have to find a way to be cooperative and engage in making decisions mutually. The best adjusted children and those most successful in life emerge from parents who cooperate the best for the child’s welfare.
Communication is crucial. If the relationship is contentious figure out the best methods to communicate (phone calls, e-mails, texts meetings, etc.).
The Dads’ Resource Center was able to connect with Dr. Ray Petren from the Penn State University who shared a tip sheet of what is working for recently separated dads based on his research. These are some great mindsets and areas of focus to help single fathers successfully parent their children. Open to print the tip sheet by clicking here.
Here are some additional resources and tools (articles and apps) that can help you to navigate this journey.