THE PARENTS MAG
co-parenting with a narcissistic ex-partner can be exhausting, but you cannot forget about the larger picture – your child’s well-being.
Understand something very clearly – it won’t be easy to prove to the courts that your former partner is narcissistic How will you prove that your former partner suffers from a personality disorder called NPD or Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
It does not matter whether you are co parenting with a narcissist father or a mother – gender is not the concern here. But it’s a problem that arises from co-parenting or even associating with any individual with NPD.
Until and unless the entire family law system comes up with a solid system of handling narcissistic parents, it is highly probable that co-parenting might be ordered on a 50-50 division
It is vital to set concrete boundaries with your ex-partner while ensuring that all communication is taking place effectively. This can easily help you to decrease conflict and then protect you from any kind of manipulation.
Dealing with a toxic or narcissistic co-parent is emotionally draining. It is crucial to actually seek support from your family, friends, or even a therapist – so that you can cope with the issues of co-parenting with an individual who’s narcissistic
If communicating with your narcissistic partner directly is not really effective, then consider opting for a mediator who can facilitate communication.
Remember you need to prioritize the needs and wants of your kids at the forefront of all your parenting decisions. It might be helpful to develop an ideal co-parenting plan that will outline how both of you will meet the different needs of your kids.