You were married for years. You share children, and even though you’re divorcing, you both want what’s best for the kids. The idea that you need to download a special app on your phone just to communicate with your ex may seem silly.
However, there are good reasons why many co-parents eventually turn to these apps. Rather than waiting for something unfortunate to necessitate the use of such a communication system, choosing one from your earliest days as divorcing parents sharing custody could do a lot to make your new situation easier for the whole family.
Specialized apps reduce the risk of miscommunication
Direct communication with your ex might lead to emotional and unpleasant conversations. A few texts about the schedule for your children might devolve into a conversation about post-divorce dating or a rehash of old complaints. You might become emotional, leading to anger and miscommunication.
By serving as a tool aimed at solving parenting issues only, a parenting communication app helps limit what conversations you have with your ex while simultaneously protecting you against more common forms of text-based miscommunication.
Apps maintain a neutral and reliable record of communications
If you need to switch one parenting time session for a different day, or need your ex to take some additional parenting time because of an upcoming business trip, sending a request through a parenting app will ensure that you have written documentation that they promised to take the kids while you are on your trip.
Verbal agreements can lead to a he-said, she-said situation when plans fall through. Using a specialized app helps ensure that there is a clear record of communication so that one parent can’t lie and then try to manipulate the situation to their own benefit.
Apps help develop a new and better dynamic
It can be hard to adjust to a new style of relationship with someone with whom you were once very intimate. Parenting apps make the transition to a new form of relationship a little bit easier for everyone involved. They can help you develop a new sense of respect for one another as parents and lead you in healthy and positive communication as you start this new chapter in your family’s lives.