By Rosalind Sedacca, CCT
Divorce is always more challenging for parents. When both can agree about general parenting philosophies the co-parenting process can be amicable and supportive. However, when the divorce ends in acrimony, too often it leads to spiteful, high conflict parenting which can be extremely harmful for your innocent children. It also creates more tension and stress for both parents who want to move on with their own lives.
One way for parents stay on track, co-parent more effectively and reduce sources of conflict is to use an online co-parent scheduling tool. They are designed to eliminate misunderstandings, confusion, inaccurate communication and quarrels about the inevitable changes of plans and last-minute conflicts that come about for divorced parents. They also minimize the stress of co-parenting and make it easier to resolve issues, schedule or re-schedule activates as well as plan vacations, celebrations, medical appointments and other routine family life events.
I spoke recently to Hanif Virani, CEO of CoParent Planner, a new and very sophisticated online tool that uses advanced technology to simplify the co-parenting process. He designed the program for ease of use, providing versatile features that cover every facet of keeping divorced parents on the same page with regard to the children they love.
CoParent Planner takes the hassle out of scheduling events and activities for your kids while also scheduling clear parenting time so there are no misunderstandings or confusion. You don’t have to use your children as messengers because both parents are always clear about what is happening when. The simple structure helps parent move from a highly emotional post-divorce relationship to a more business-like relationship that supports the entire family. And the built-in acknowledgement system enables both parents to either accept a listing or not approve and propose changes they can accept.
Among the many features included in the CoParent Planner package is the Calendar for planning dates, events, special occasions, etc. The Communicator tool helps parents send direct messages as well as upload reports, family photos, documents and more regarding school, activities, legal issues, medical and other important data. The Expenses section handles the financial side of co-parenting. It clearly identifies who pays for what … who owes what … how payments will be made – and when. The Shared Contacts gives both parents access to all the resources, professionals, friends and family who are important to either you or your children. Used together this becomes a valuable go-to tool for today’s super busy co-parents.
Another useful feature gives attorneys, mediators, accountants, therapists, coaches and other professionals access to the program to assure conflict-free communication and eliminate he said/she said differences. Professionals can log in, find mistaken information or inappropriate messages and provide helpful guidance to put both parents back on track. Some parents limit all communication to CoParent Planner and find it dramatically reduces conflict while boosting trust and respect.
“There’s no lengthy learning curve,” says Verani. “It’s simple to use, updates easily and offers many options and applications created to minimize stress and make life better for everyone in the family. We also provide helpful tutorials as well as chat and call-in live help services.”
You and your co-parent deserve every break you can get. Enjoy the benefits of a well-thought out online scheduling tool like CoParentPlanner.com – to make life easier and less conflicted for you and your kids.
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Rosalind Sedacca, CCT is a Divorce & Parenting Coach, Founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network and author of How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children — with Love! For her free ebook on Post-Divorce Parenting as well as articles, coaching services and other valuable resources on divorce and parenting issues, go to: www.childcentereddivorce.com.
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