Parents·Posted on Jul 2, 201517 Ways To Co-Parent Without The CrazyFrom someone who's been there, done that, and got the t-shirt to prove it.by Amber DorseyBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Acknowledge the weirdness. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney / Via giphy.com So, you had a baby and now you and your co-creator have lost that loving feeling. It's going to be weird but if you keep the kid as the focus of your "relationship" it will make the transition a little easier. Maybe. 2. No name calling. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Paramount Pictures / Via giphy.com Okay, so they pissed you off, or did something stupid and you have some choice names to call them. Do that, but never in front of the kids. That's only going to come back and bite you in the ass. 3. Don't be a hater. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF State Farm Ex's new woman has heinous eyebrows, bad hairdo? Giggle away in private but don't say anything in front of the kids. They WILL repeat it and embarrass the shit out of you. 4. Go to Counseling. Immediately. someEcards / Via kappit.com Seriously. If you can afford it find someone to mediate your early conversations. It helps sets the tone and establishes a good vibe for all future communications. 5. Plan outings as a "family". Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Bravo / Via giphy.com Just because you're not "together" doesn't mean you can't be together. Make it a point to plan activities as a family. 6. Schedule sticky conversations. Creative Commons / Via Flickr: theogeo When it comes to parenting finding a "right" time to have difficult conversations can be hard, but when you don't share a household that can be even harder. Make it a point to set aside time to discuss serious concerns (potty training, bed wetting, food issues) so everyone is ready and prepared for whatever emotions may come up. 7. Tackling the dating game. RottenEcards / Via rottenecards.com Not being with the one you created a person with can get....uncomfortable at best if one of you begins to date other people. Talk about that ahead of time and how to handle introducing significant others to the kids and when. 8. Holidazed, but not confused. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Universal / Via giphy.com Holidays are stressful enough without mixing in going back and forth between houses. Work out who gets what day ahead of time so there's no Christmas Eve showdown about who will wake up with the child on Christmas Day. 9. Daily communication is key. Creative Commons / Via Flickr: 11739182@N03 Keeping the lines of communication open makes decision making less of a chore and gives both parties a sense of mutual involvement. 10. Share calendars. Etsy / Via etsy.com As tedious as it may be, keeping up on each other's daily lives helps both parents and children feel connected and avoids mixing up plans and events. No one can be mad about missing great grandma's birthday if it's not on the joint calendar. 11. Answer kid's questions. littlemissrunshine.com At some point your kids may have questions: Why did you break up? Did you ever love each other? Answer them honestly and age appropriately while not placing blame on one parent or the other. This can be hard if it ended badly but if you want to co-parent, you better get your game face on. 12. Remember the love. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF media.giphy.com At SOME point you were feeling this person (even if it was after a night of drinking) and together y'all made another person. So, when you want to throttle them for their lack of understanding, just remember you once loved them. 13. Make YOUR time quality time. Creative Commons / Via Flickr: zombieite Go on dates. With your kid. Not each other. Gross! Make sure your kid knows they're a priority in your life. Take the time to get to know them and let them know you by engaging in a new activity or something you know they love. 14. Enjoy your free time. SomeEcards / Via babble.com That may sound selfish but hey, lucky you, you get the occasional break from the daily parenting struggle when they are away so take advantage! Get that nap in, go out with friends, hell, just sit around doing nothing. Making time for yourself is still just as important. 15. Be consistent. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney Kids are like animals and can sniff out fear and guilt like bloodhounds. By keeping the rules consistent at both homes it makes it harder for them to manipulate you both and keeps everyone grounded. 16. Phone a friend. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF AMC / Via giphy.com So, you tried all of this and you still can't get along? Pick up the phone and get your vent on. Airing your irritations with a third party who is supportive but also not as invested is beneficial to all and saves you the drama of airing your frustrations in front of your kid. 17. Let it go. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF E! / Via giphy.com Hopefully, you can both do that. If not, well, at least one of you is taking the high road.