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Problems With Gentle Parenting

Gentle parenting doesn’t work in its totality because it demands absolute perfection from the parent, denying their own need to be a functional human being. It can also come at the cost of other children in the family that might be behaving in a quieter and less outwardly emotional manner.

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Free-Range Parenting vs. Helicopter Parenting [PROS & CONS]

Free-range parenting is when parents let their child make most decisions, even if they may result in harm. Helicopter parenting is when parents are overly involved and attempt to control every aspect of their children’s lives. Free-range parenting is preferred because it at least helps to develop children’s creativity and encourages personal development.

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Co-Parenting a Newborn – What You Need to Know

With a newborn in your life, it is nearly impossible to sever ties with your ex completely (although in some situations this is necessary). In the early years of a child’s existence, they form strong bonds with their parents. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you put your differences aside and co-parent together.

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Co-parenting With a Liar – How to Make It Work

Parents who lie habitually are called pathological liars and they may exhibit compulsive and excessive lying daily. Practicing these behavioral traits in front of children could have extreme long-term negative ramifications. Often, therapy or keeping everything documented could be needed if you have to co-parent with a liar.

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Co-Parenting as a Step-Mom [UNIQUE CHALLENGES]

Building a special relationship as a step-mom while respecting the biological parent’s role is vital. A child-first mentality requires all adult parties to prioritize the child’s needs above their own emotions, which means not badmouthing or undermining the biological parents while co-parenting.

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Co-Parenting After Infidelity [HOW TO MAKE IT WORK]

To co-parent after infidelity, you need to put boundaries in place and engage in a child-first mentality. Both parents must then develop and agree on when they will have the children staying with them. In the case of a divorce, this will likely take the form of a formal custody agreement. Be sure to remain flexible, as plans do not always go as planned.

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