Co-Parenting With Narcissists

How parallel parenting can turn your situation around.

Parallel parenting is a groundbreaking solution to alleviate the challenges of conflicted co-parenting.

When divorced or separated parents find it difficult to communicate and cooperate, parallel parenting offers a structured approach that prioritizes the well-being of the children involved.

Although parallel parenting is not the ideal solution for all co-parenting situations, it has proven to be highly effective for families dealing with high levels of conflict.

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Parallel Parenting: Frequently Asked Questions

What is parallel parenting?

Parallel parenting is a co-parenting approach designed for divorced or separated parents who experience high levels of conflict and have difficulty communicating effectively. In this method, each parent is responsible for specific aspects of the child’s life and makes decisions independently, reducing the need for direct interaction between them.

What is an example of parallel parenting?

An example of parallel parenting is when divorced parents agree to split responsibilities for different aspects of their child’s life. For instance, one parent may be in charge of the child’s education and extracurricular activities, while the other handles healthcare-related decisions and medical appointments. They communicate through written means, such as emails or co-parenting apps, to minimize conflicts and maintain focus on the child’s needs.

How can you establish boundaries with a narcissistic co-parent?

Setting boundaries with a narcissist co-parent requires clear communication and consistency. Clearly define what behaviors are unacceptable and the consequences for crossing those boundaries. Maintain firm boundaries even in the face of manipulation or guilt-tripping tactics. Keep communication brief, focused on the children, and avoid getting drawn into arguments or power struggles. Seek support from a therapist or mediator if necessary to help enforce boundaries and navigate difficult interactions.