Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Share How New Romances Tested Their Co-Parenting Skills
By Leena Tailor
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are opening up about the biggest challenges of co-parenting their three young children, Mason, Penelope and Reign.
In a video shared on Kardashian’s new website, Poosh, the pair opened up about maintaining a good relationship despite their split and how entering new relationships proved to be their biggest struggle as co-parents.
“I think the hardest part was when we both started new relationships, don’t you?” said Kardashian, who previously dated Younes Bendjima, while Disick is still with Sofia Richie. “Because that caused fights between you and I about introducing the kids. I think that caused the most challenges. That was the time that you and I had our biggest [challenge,] where we had to literally go to therapy to talk [and] to even get through [and] be able to communicate together.”
“It’s one of those things you don’t think is ever going to happen,” Disick added. “But like everything in the world, things move.”
Disick also shared how the early stages navigating their new relationship dynamic was the hardest part for him.
“I think the biggest challenge was just trying to figure out how we separate our relationship as friends and parents and still be on the same page,” he said. “And, what’s appropriate and what’s not and when to be able to talk to each other. In the beginning you set good [boundaries] and then we learned from that and got to a good place.”
Kardashian said she wanted to open up about her experience due to fans frequently asking how she and Disick manage to co-parent so well. One of her biggest tips for those going through similar situations was to enforce the same routines and rules at each household that the children spend time at.
“Having the bedtime routine and doing the books and all that stuff,” Kardashian said. “I think having that routine and knowing what to expect at night -- it helps when you do the same routines at both houses when you’re co-parenting. And, try to keep the same rules so that the kids aren’t like, ‘We’re dying to go to dad’s because we get unlimited video game time.’ I think that’s also one of the challenging parts -- trying to keep the same rules at both houses and trying to, when the rules change, make sure you’re communicating.”
While the pair never imagined raising their children while leading separate lives, they proudly noted how they successfully figured out their new day to day lives without involving attorneys. Disick felt it was important that the children didn’t suffer just because their parents are no longer together.
“I couldn’t imagine raising three children with somebody that I couldn’t speak to everyday,” Disick said. “I feel like we’re just raising our kids how we would have raised them, whether we were together or not. And, just because we are not together, our kids should not suffer.”
Having grown up with siblings herself, Kardashian also offered advice when it came to raising children without playing favorites or making them feel unequal -- revealing that her own mom, Kris Jenner, had done so just a day earlier.
“Growing up with five siblings, my mom did compare us and she still does,” Kardashian explained. “She did it to me yesterday. She said, ‘You’re not Kendall,’ about something and I was like, ‘I know. I’m Kourtney, thanks, and I’m very happy with who I am.’ And, I called her today about it and I said, ‘The world compares us enough. We don’t need to be compared by our own mother.’ And, I was thinking about it today -- we never do that.”