Co-Parenting with a Narcissist: Tips and Coping Strategies

Co-parenting with a narcissist can be challenging, but with the right strategies and coping mechanisms, it can be managed.

Co-parenting with a narcissist can be a difficult and draining experience. Narcissists often have an inflated sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy for others, and a need for control. Their often self-centered and manipulative behavior, coupled with a lack of empathy, can complicate communication and cooperation for the children’s best interests. These traits can make co-parenting challenging and stressful. However, with the right strategies and coping mechanisms, it is possible to manage co-parenting with a narcissist.

Here are some tips and coping strategies for co-parenting with a narcissist:

  • Set Boundaries: Set clear boundaries with your co-parent and communicate your expectations clearly. This can help minimize conflicts and reduce stress.
  • Keep Records: Keep records of all communication and interactions with your co-parent, including emails, text messages, and voicemails. This can be helpful in case of any legal disputes or conflicts.
  • Focus on the Children: Keep the focus on the children and prioritize their best interests. Try to avoid conflicts in front of the children and communicate in a civil manner.
  • Seek Support: Seek support from friends, family, or a therapist. Co-parenting with a narcissist can be emotionally draining, and having a support system can be helpful.
  • Practice Self-Care: Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Make time for self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with friends.


Co-parenting with a narcissist presents challenges, but you can manage them with appropriate strategies and coping mechanisms. Setting clear boundaries, keeping records, focusing on the children, seeking support, and practicing self-care can all be helpful in reducing stress and managing conflicts. You can successfully navigate co-parenting with a narcissist by demonstrating patience, persistence, and prioritizing the children’s well-being.

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