How to Co-parent with a Difficult Ex

Considering that the marriage didn’t work out, it’s understandable that communicating with an ex can be quite a challenge. However, there are some strategies to help even when the ex has a difficult personality, such as:

Be on Your Best Behavior

Rather than giving your ex ammunition to insult you or an opening to start an argument, be on your best behavior. Show up on time, keep your word and avoid confrontation. Avoid saying anything bad about the other parent in front of your kids.

Create a Consistent Schedule

Have a written schedule that clearly outlines each parent’s time as well as extracurricular activities and school events. This can be completed with paper and pen, a calendar, an app or a shared calendar system.

Avoid Direct Contact

For the most challenging of situations, avoid direct contact. If an emergency or important situation comes up, try texting or emailing to communicate about a doctor’s visit or medication. Avoid having the children act as messengers. Rather than exchanging children at each other’s homes, consider using a third party assist with the exchange or pick up and drop off the children at daycare or school.

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Creative Solutions: An Advantage Offered by Mediation


Mediation is an effective way to resolve family law disputes. A third party can facilitate communication between exes in a way that recognizes both of their perspectives as valued while balancing their interests at the same time.

One of the most significant advantages of mediation is that the parties can enter into virtually any agreement that they agree to. Rather than having a judge use the family code to decide a case, the parties can freely enter into their own customized agreement. Judges are tied to these constraints while parties not involved in litigation are not.

Typically, mediation allows the parties to have access to a lot wider number of possible solutions to their case. This may mean that parents can get a custody agreement in place wherein each parent has the children 50 percent of the time. Rather than receiving spousal support or child support, the parties may agree for the higher-earning spouse to relinquish certain property rights such as his or her equity in the family home or to pay certain bills or set up a trust. The parties may agree to be nesters in which they alternate living in the family home so that the children are not shuttled around between visits. These are just a few possibilities when the parents consider creative solutions.

Work/Life Balance

How to Be More Present at Home


The obligations that busy professionals have today are at an all-time high. Between work, marketing, volunteering for board positions and raising a family, the most balanced person can still feel exhausted at the end of the day. Incorporate these strategies to help you achieve greater balance:

  • Get the necessary sleep. Turn off electronic devices before bedtime and snag eight hours a night. Every night.
  • Read. This is a great way to unwind after a busy day.
  • Exercise. Exercise can help you maintain your weight and make you feel more energetic.
  • Get rid of the vices. Quit smoking. Give up caffeine. Cut down on the alcohol.
  • Take a moment for you. Participate in something that makes you happy whether that is golf, gardening or crocheting.
  • Share. Talk to a trusted friend or spouse about your hopes and disappointments.


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Getting More Water in Your Day


Water is an important part of a balanced diet due to its ability to control calories, make you feel fuller, energize muscles and improve the health of your skin. Some ways to make sure you get your daily dosage of water include:

  • Be tech savvy – keep track of your water intake with a free app or by using a high-tech water bottle that electronically records every ounce you drink.
  • Go old school – Use a water bottle that shows how many ounces you are drinking
  • Water down tea or lemonade.
  • Eat water-rich foods – If drinking water is not your thing, sneak some water-rich foods into your diet, like cucumber, zucchini and grapefruit.
  • Add to it – Rather than drinking tasteless water, add some extra flavor with fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs.


Case of the Mondays

Here are some creative excuses if you simply don’t want to get out of bed on a Monday:

  • The voices told me to go back to sleep.
  • I am stuck in the blood pressure machine.
  • I seem to have come down with some attention-deficit disorder. I like that tie. Now, what was I saying again?
  • I recently discovered that I was switched at birth and was advised that legally I should not come to work since my employee records have false information.
  • The dog ate my car keys. I’ll come in when they pass.
  • The EPA has determined that my house is surrounded by wetlands and I have to arrange for helicopter transportation.
  • To try to be on time, I set half of the clocks in my apartment ahead an hour and the others back an hour. Now I’m in some weird space-time continuum loop. So I will be in late – or early.

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