Parenthood is a beautiful yet challenging journey. When co-parenting is added to the mix, the difficulty level can skyrocket. As a single mom of two, I've experienced firsthand the rollercoaster ride of co-parenting with my ex-husband. 

The emotional toll with co-parenting has taken on me has been immense. I have documented my journey for the past two years faithfully through the ups and downs. I have learned valuable lessons about resilience, strength, and the importance of putting my children first.

The Emotional Struggles

Co-parenting with a narcissistic ex-husband is a unique challenge. The bitterness and hostility stemming from the end of our relationship have made every interaction feel like walking on eggshells. Constant criticism, manipulation, and attempts to control the narrative have become the norm, leaving me feeling constantly stressed and emotionally drained.

Narcissists often prioritize their own needs and desires over those of their children, making it challenging to maintain a healthy and stable environment for them. As a single mom, I have had to step up to provide the emotional support and stability that my children need, even in the face of constant adversity.

The Impact on the Children

The most significant concern in this situation has been the impact on my children. Witnessing conflict between their parents and navigating the complexities of a broken family dynamic can have long-lasting effects on a child's emotional well-being. As a mom, my instinct is to protect my children, but it's challenging when their other parent does not share the same mindset.

The stress of the situation often spills over into my interactions with my kids. The emotional burden I carry from co-parenting difficulties can sometimes affect my ability to be fully present for them, and that is a constant source of guilt.

Coping Strategies

Throughout this challenging co-parenting journey, I've learned to rely on specific coping strategies to navigate the stormy waters:

Seeking Support: I've built a strong support network of friends, family, and professional counselors who have provided a safe space to vent and process my emotions.

Setting Boundaries: To protect myself and my children, I've learned to establish clear boundaries with my ex-husband. I've limited communication to essential matters only, avoiding unnecessary confrontations.

Focusing on My Well-being: Taking care of myself has become a top priority. Whether it's practicing self-care, exercise, or engaging in hobbies, investing in my well-being has been crucial to maintaining resilience.

Prioritizing My Children: Despite the difficulties, I constantly remind myself that my children deserve the best possible life. Putting their needs before my own has helped me stay focused on what truly matters.

Text messages for communication: Keeping a paper trail with keeping all necessary information organized has helped reduce stress and misunderstandings.


The journey of co-parenting as a single mom with a narcissistic ex-husband has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. The emotional toll it takes can be overwhelming, but I've learned to be resilient and find strength in myself for the sake of my children.

While I cannot change my ex-husband's behavior, I can control how I respond to it and strive to create a positive and loving environment for my children. Co-parenting will continue to present its challenges, but I am committed to putting my children's well-being first, no matter how difficult the road ahead may be. 

Through it all, I have come to realize that my strength as a single mom lies in my ability to rise above the stress and negativity and focus on the love and care my children deserve.

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