Whether you divorced the other parent or you were never married to begin with, you have probably heard numerous lectures about the importance of co-parenting. Typically, family law courts and child development experts say that mothers and fathers should share responsibilities and make decisions together. In most cases, such an approach is in the best interests of the children.
I imagine you are thinking since you are no longer together, shrugging off Father's Day seems like a no brainer. But an end in a relationship does not signal the end of your co-parenting duties with your ex.
Co-Parenting is difficult. Emotions run high when parties separate, especially if they are involved in a child custody dispute through a divorce or parentage action. When a relationship ends, hurt feelings about the other parent can trickle down to the kids. Intentional or not, negative comments about the other party made in front of the kids hurts them, not your ex. Here is an article with some helpful tips on how to handle your bad-mouthing ex. My Ex Keeps Tashing Me to the Kids! What Should I Do?