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Answer these questions to become a better parenting partner

Although you may have gone through the divorce process, this doesn't mean you are done communicating with your former spouse. If you have a child together, there will be times when you have no choice but to talk.

It is important that you do your best to become a better parenting partner. Remember, this isn't something you do for your former spouse. This is something you do for the well being of your child and your relationship with him or her.

Here are some of the questions you can answer to ensure that you are doing everything you can to excel in this area of parenting:

-- How often do you communicate with your former partner to make sure you are on the same page?

-- Do you have a plan in place to ensure that both parents get to spend time with the child during the holiday season?

-- Are you doing your best to avoid negative feelings towards the other person in the presence of your child?

-- Are you keeping an open line of communication as to avoid trouble?

-- What could you change today that would benefit you, your former spouse, and your child?

When you answer these types of questions, it won't be long before you find yourself becoming a better parenting partner. While your marriage may be in the past, you still have to think about what you can do in the future.

Divorce is sure to change your life, but if you have a child with your ex-spouse he or she will still be a part of you to a certain extent.

Source: The Huffington Post Canada, "Marriages Dissolve, But Parenting Partnerships Are ‘to Death Do Us Part’ — What Type of Parenting Partners Are You?," Dr. Jamie Williamson, June 01, 2016

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