Today I’m proud to present The Gipford Moms! Erin and Tina are co-parenting moms – Erin is the biological mom and Tina is the step-mom who also has a child from a previous relationship and two with her husband (Tina’s ex). Although they’re very different, they stand on common ground when it comes to the most important thing: How to co-parent.
One glance at their website and you’ll realize that they’ve got a big crew – and they’re happy taking a family photo together! Not only that, but some of the kids are teenagers. Wow. They have an extremely unique relationship and have even written a book together about their experience.
The Gipford Moms and I discuss the different perspective they offer in their book and how they hope it’ll help other co-parents. We’ll talk about very real possibility of harmonious co-parenting if respect and communication are practiced and anger is released. Tune in to hear Erin and Tina’s co-parenting advice and get inspired to explore a better relationship with your co-parent – for yourself and for your kids.
01:00 – 05:30 – Introducing The Gipford Moms and their new book
05:30 – 10:30 – The family dynamics and the journey
10:30 – 14:30 – What their relationship was like in the beginning and how it has evolved
14:30 – 16:30 – Takeaways for successful co-parenting
16:30 – 21:30 – Co-authoring a book and what the kids think
21:30 – 25:00 – The book’s takeaways and feedback
25:00 – 29:30 – Advice for co-parents
29:30 – 32:00 – Their future plans and the possibility of a sequel
- Respect your co-parent.
- Communication is key – especially as a co-parent.
- Let go of anger to have better relationships all around.
- Be open to different perspectives.
- Be patient and give new blended family relationships a chance to grow.
- Everyone’s situation is different.
- Recognize that your co-parent may have traits that you don’t that are good for the kids.
- Openly communicate with your co-parent to hash out challenges and concerns.
- Avoid blame and finger-pointing. Instead, look inward.
- You must want to have that relationship and be willing to work for it.
- Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
- “She’s the yin to my yang. She picks up all my slack.” – Erin
- “Tina asks the hard questions and I tend to be scared to do that.” – Erin
- “Stop the fighting because it’s not doing the kids any good.” – Tina(?)
3 Interesting Clips:
- 12:03 – 12:49 – On Tina’s step-mom experience.
- 14:33 – 15:15 – On how to successfully co-parent.
- 23:23 – On their book, what it provides, and what it isn’t.
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