The Do's and Don't of co-parenting with a narcissist

The common vernacular of divorce has embraced the concept of “co-parenting”, which is essentially what otherwise healthy couples have done with their children for decades. Despite any residual hurt caused by divorce, both parties are psychologically healthy enough to focus on what is best for the children going forward.

Co-Parenting with a Narcissist is Impossible

The concept of co-parenting is one in which both parents can have rational discussions surrounding things like education, health care, activities, travel, extracurriculars, and all the things that go into raising children across two households. However, the dynamic when dealing with a disordered person is much different. In order to even approach success in parenting under these circumstances, one must practice “parallel parenting”.

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Aubrey Cole

Aubrey Cole

I survived a quarter century of psychological, emotional, economic and sexual abuse. When I got out, I vowed to help others do the same and founded the Emotional Abuse Survivors Network project in 2012. Now, I offer hope and healing to others on their journey as they rediscover themselves. My forthcoming books, Bodies in the Basement and Define Winning, chronicle my experiences, escape, and recovery. There is nothing so special about me that others can't emerge and thrive.

One comment:

  1. Megan

    May 8, 2015 at 3:27 am

    great article. In our experience parallel parenting with a toxic narc mother is the only way to go, or you are only feeding their narcissistic supply and damaging the children in the process.


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