Former Couples Are Now "Birdnesting," But What Is It?

Former Couples Are Now "Birdnesting," But What Is It?

Divorced couples are trying to get a long on some level for the kids.

By Marianne Garvey

Couples who are divorced have come up with a new way to deal with shuffling their kids back and forth between homes. 

Called “Birdnesting,” it’s abandoning the old idea of parents in separate apartments, where the kids split their time, sleeping in two different bedrooms and dealing with two homes. 

Instead, the kids get to stay in one home and not feel uprooted while their mom and dad rotate out, and leave to stay in another apartment they call their own.

Gwyneth Paltrow recently admitted this was her consciously uncoupled set up, and that she let’s Chris Martin crash at her house whenever he wants. 

More couples are catching on to the concept, reports the New York Post.

John, a school teacher on New York’s Upper West Side “birdnested” with his ex-wife for a year, because they share a three-year-old son.

“It was a tough year,” John tells the paper. “But in retrospect, I think it helped us and our son transition into being fully divorced.”

Not everyone is for the idea though, with some couples choosing to live in apartments in the same building, to remain close, but not too close. 

It takes a mature couple to see past their differences and anger over what split them in the first place to continue sharing a physical space. For some, that was the problem in the first place—leaving their home in disarray, or not being able to live together without being miserable.

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