“Co-parenting” describes a parenting relationship in which the parents of a child are not romantically involved, but still assume joint responsibility for the upbringing of their child while raising them separately. In co-parenting arrangements, both parents choose to put aside their personal differences to develop and implement a parenting plan that they feel is in the best interest of their child’s development. Healthy co-parenting usually requires ongoing communication, troubleshooting, and mutual responsibility, so it can prove challenging to implement following the dissolution of a relationship. Co-parenting cordially with your ex can provide your children with the stability, security, and close relationships they need for their healthy development in life. One big key to success in co-parenting is allowing the child or children to witness good communication between both parents. In instances in which co-parenting becomes an unmanageable goal for one or both parents, mental health professionals can successfully assist with making this process not only possible but beneficial for all parties involved.