Who gets the kids? That’s something two parents have to think about after they decide to split up for good. In many cases, both parents share joint custody of their kids. Over the years, child development experts have stressed the importance of children receiving support from both parents in their lives, even if both parents no longer live in the same house. Studies show that children need to be shielded from conflicts between their parents and that they need to be exposed to strong and healthy relationships. But when exes fight and argue all the time and try to force their children to pick sides, they only end up hurting their children in the long run.
Co-parenting is the term used for a parenting situation in which two separated or divorced parents take care of their children. This allows the child to grow up maintaining a stable relationship with both of their parents and feel that it’s okay for them to love both of their parents. But in order for it to work, the parents have to make it work, which means that there can’t be any bad blood between them. Here are Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey and 15 other celeb exes who do co-parenting right.
16.NICK CANNON & MARIAH CAREY
Nick Cannon doesn’t like the term “co-parenting.” Apparently, he doesn’t care for those kinds of trendy terms. He told PEOPLE,
“It’s funny when they say ‘co-parenting’ — that phrase is a little redundant. You can’t co-parent, you have to parent, and that’s what we do well because when it comes to our children, we’re selfless individuals — they’re first.”
He and Mariah Carey focus spending time together with their six-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, and Cannon says that he considers himself blessed to be sharing an experience with Carey, someone he respects and admires. “This didn’t work out quite how we wanted it to but look at the amazing blessing that we have in these wonderful children. So you kinda put everything else to the side and really focus.”
15.SIENNA MILLER & TOM STURRIDGE
Even though they’re no longer dating, Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge say they “still love each other.” Miller told Harper’s Bazaar, “We don’t live together, as has been reported recently, but we do half the time.” She went on to say that when it comes to raising their five-year-old daughter, Marlowe,it’s good for her that she has two parents who love each other and are friends.
Miller described Sturridge as her “best friend in the entire world.” In another interview with PEOPLE, the actress said she and Sturridge never fail to do bedtime with their daughter every night. “We felt like as much togetherness as possible would be ideal, and fortunately, we really love each other and are best friends, and so that works.”