Negotiating kids’ busy schedules can be overwhelming enough in one home. Coordinating them between multiple homes comes with additional challenges. Add in back-to- school season and things get even more complicated. As your stepfamily makes the transition to new teachers, activities and routines, co-parenting challenges may step out of the shadows and into the light.
As you know, there are likely a number of good reasons your partner and his ex are divorced.
Demonstrating cooperation and teamwork now, while trying to maintain equal involvement in the kids’ lives, is a challenge. Adding stepparents to the co-parenting dynamic further complicates things. Back-to-school stressors? Well, they test everyone’s nerves!
For stepmoms like you and I, co-parenting presents another layer of complexity. As females, our roles are often pitted as being “in competition” with those of our stepkids’ mothers. It’s cringe-worthy, I know. This makes it harder to find our place in the co-parenting process, leaving us to feel like Backseat Parents.
Or like the academic equivalent: the kid sitting alone (and feeling lonely) on an otherwise crowded school bus.