Many states require divorcing spouses to take one or more co-parenting classes. There are online classes which co-parents can take in Colorado. Though some of them are court-ordered, it doesn’t mean that is the only time co-parents should consider taking them. These classes are not only meant to be helpful to the adults going through the divorce, but also incredibly beneficial to their children’s well-being, creating a more positive environment for everyone in the family.
Some of the benefits of taking a co-parenting class include:
- Conflict Resolution: You and your ex are still role models for your children, even if you are no longer together. Your children learn how to navigate the world, solve problems, and handle conflict with other people by watching you. If you and your ex are able to provide them with a solid example of how to navigate disagreements or differences, you will be giving them a priceless gift. Conflict resolution is an especially important tool for you to have during a divorce, when the potential for conflict or negative emotion is so high.
- Consistency: Being consistent in your co-parenting will help your children feel safe and secure. Routine and predictability in communication, schedules, and parental expectations are all areas that can be developed and worked on through a parenting class.
- Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships: As with consistency, a solid foundation of loving, supportive relationships is important for a child’s development and mental well-being. Co-parenting classes will often provide a framework for you and your ex-spouse to follow.
- Self-Care: Co-parenting classes may also focus on the importance of self-care during and after your divorce. This may include identifying your triggers, understanding your emotions, and controlling your reactions. This will allow you to be more present for your children, your job, and yourself.
There are online classes for 36 counties in Colorado. With COVID still in the air, why not take the next step in improving your co-parenting relationship?
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Whether court-ordered or not, co-parenting classes can bring peace to your life, despite the trauma, pain, or negative emotions you’re experiencing because of your divorce. Find a list of co-parenting classes in Colorado (organized by county) here, and additional resources here.