Back in 2015, I wrote a blog post asking “Is Co-Parenting Possible?” The article highlighted one family’s path to co-parenting. Slowly, I’ve begun to see more and more success stories about co-parenting.
Recently Lancaster Online featured a story about a local family that has decided that co-parenting is in their daughter’s best interest. For the Hawkeys of Lancaster and Bankerts of York, co-parenting wasn’t always easy. They struggled at the beginning, simply going through custody exchanges without much interaction. But recently they realized they needed to do more for their daughter. When a rare family dinner made their daughter so happy, they decided to do more. In mid-March the family decided to go on a co-parenting family vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida.
This is a great example that even if it takes a while for everyone to be in a place where they can work together, when they can, the children really benefit. However, I will repeat my prior caveat – not all families can or should co-parent. But when they can, it is remarkable what can happen.